Early 2012 earmarked for Lumcloon construction

CONSTRUCTION on the Lucmloon Energy Power station looks set to commence in early 2010.

CONSTRUCTION on the Lucmloon Energy Power station looks set to commence in early 2010.

The project took another step forward this week as it has become the final conventional energy generator to receive a transmission grid connection offer from EirGrid as part of its Gate 3 programme.

The Gate 3 programme is a scheme aimed at increasing the co-ordination and efficiency of the the issuing of offers to power generators to connect to the transmission and distribution systems. EirGrid has been working with the Commission for Energy Regulation and ESB Networks on the programme.

In total 94 offers were issued by EirGrid under the Gate 3 Programme, representing a total of over 5,400 MW of electricity to renewable and conventional generators.

Dermot Byrne, Chief Executive of EirGrid said: “EirGrid is very pleased to be in a position to offer Lumcloon Energy a transmission grid connection offer. Lumcloon Energy is a new plant based on the site of the old Ferbane power station and we look forward to working with them into the future.”

On behalf of Lumcloon Energy spokesperson John Gallagher welcomed the announcement by EirGrid: “This represents another important step towards the redevelopment of a state-of-the-art power station to provide back-up for wind energy on the old Ferbane site. We look forward to continuing to work closely with EirGrid in the years ahead.”

Mr Gallagher told the ‘Offaly Express’ that hopefully by the end of the year everything will be sorted with the plant which would allow for construction to commence at the beginning of 2012.