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(Article) Plan for Galway power plant rejected

  • 23-10-2009 9:59am
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 6,093 ✭✭✭ Amtmann


    PLANS TO build a 200 MW gas turbine power station in east Galway have been rejected by Galway County Council.
    The application by Constant Energy Ltd for a plant at Cashla, near Athenry, Co Galway, would be “contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area”, the local authority said. It would also be“contrary to the objectives and policies as set out in the Galway County Development Plan”, it added.
    The decision has been welcomed by Galway West TD Noel Grealish, who is based close to the Galway East constituency.
    “This was a controversial application from the beginning and I am delighted that Galway County Council has taken the concerns of local people on board,” Mr Grealish said yesterday. The plan had elicited almost 400 objections, “the highest ever received by Galway County Council”, he noted.
    “It was my opinion that this gas-powered plant was totally unsuitable for such a densely populated area and also given its proximity to local schools in Lisheenkyle, Carnmore and Cregmore,” he said.
    “The plant posed many potential risks to public health, the environment and livestock in the area.” The developer of the project, Joe Hodgins, former manager of ESB’s Moneypoint coal-fired power station, had argued that the plant would not pose a health risk. However, objections to the plan included a protest last March by 200 schoolchildren, teachers and parents outside the council’s offices.
    Lisheenkyle primary school principal Ann Keary said yesterday the decision elicited a “palpable sigh of relief” in the locality.
    “If this issue is revisited, we will most definitely re-enter the debate and lobby strongly to keep this unnecessary development out of our school catchment area,” she said.
    Galway West TD Frank Fahey (FF) and Senator Fidelma Healy Eames (FG) also backed residents’ protests. Mr Fahey, who said he had submitted an objection, claimed “the company had not engaged in proper consultation with the local community and local residents are vehemently opposed to it”.
    The “peaking” power plant was designed to work with wind energy in providing back-up supply when wind power is intermittent.
    Residents’ group People before Profit argued that the proposed plant would be located in a heavily populated rural area, with 500 to 1,000 households and four primary schools in a three-mile radius.
    Mr Hodgins’s company, Constant Energy Ltd, could not be contacted yesterday for comment. The company is also reported to be interested in developing a gas turbine power plant at the former ESB power station in Bellacorick, Co Mayo.
    Plans by Rolls Royce to convert the peat-fired power station into a gas power plant which would link into the Corrib gas field were abandoned some years ago.
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1023/1224257293776.html


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  • Banned (with Prison Access) Posts: 25,234 ✭✭✭✭ Sponge Bob


    Yawn, this was a proposed 200mw peaking plant for the wesht located where the 200Kv grid essentially ends.

    It would have looked a bit ugly but there was no danger . Some eeejits would object to anything and the same eejits will whine the loudest if they get a brownout or blackout in winter. If I were eirgrid I would remind them of their idiocy as often as possible by blacking them out in winter to 'protect' the grid in town and in Connemara :(


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,698 ✭✭✭ D'Peoples Voice


    Furet wrote: »
    http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/ireland/2009/1023/1224257293776.html
    “It was my opinion that this gas-powered plant was totally unsuitable for such a densely populated area and also given its proximity to local schools in Lisheenkyle, Carnmore and Cregmore,” he said.

    Yes, unlike the Gas power plants in Dublin Bay(Synergen) and Huntstown(Energia) in Dublin, and Aghada(ESB) and Whitegate(Bord Gais) in Cork which are located in rural areas with no-one around for hundreds of miles.:D


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,856 ✭✭✭✭ Alun


    NIMBY'ism at it's worst.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,278 ✭✭✭ dubhthach


    I wonder how many households live within a 3 miles radius of Poolbeg power station and that has 5 times the generating capacity of this proposal :rolleyes:


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,506 ✭✭✭✭ Hotblack Desiato


    It's incredible that anyone would object to this, never mind 400 people.

    How the hell are we ever supposed to get anything done in this country when we are faced with this sort of mass idiocy??? :mad:

    "12 pages in and it still needs to be explained to some posters why this guy ended up where he did. It probably explains why so many gobshites get elected in this country."



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  • Registered Users Posts: 896 ✭✭✭ medoc


    ninja900 wrote: »
    It's incredible that anyone would object to this, never mind 400 people.

    How the hell are we ever supposed to get anything done in this country when we are faced with this sort of mass idiocy??? :mad:


    I thought it was possible for projects like these to be applied for directly to An Bord Pleanala. Are projects like this not 'Strategic Infrastructure’ and so can be applied to An Bord Pleanala directly under under Section 37(E) of the Planning and Development Act 2000.

    there are two projects like this in planning in Offaly. One by Bord na Mona near Rhode http://www.bnm.ie/energy/index.jsp?pID=305&nID=326&aID=752

    and another by a private company for the old ESB site (Ferbane station) near Cloghan http://www.midlandtribune.ie/articles/news/9037/planning-application-lodged-for-lumcloon-power-station/


    In the Offaly cases the locals seem to be supportive as are Offaly Coco and local councillors. These are old industrial sites that have had "dirty" industries for many years so new clean gas stations should be no problem. It would be understandable if it was an area of natural beauty or heritage or a very densly settled rural area with no industrial history but surely there could be little grounds for objection on safety or health.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,781 ✭✭✭ Carawaystick


    I was thinking "have these people never been to Lanesboro?" the massive power plant there is about the same size as the rest of the town, and it's right off the main street.
    Nimbys

    was it galway co co or abp that turned it down?


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