An Bord Pleanála refuses permission for West Offaly Power conversion proposal
In Ireland, the national planning authority An Bord Pleanála has refused permission for the proposed development by the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) to convert its existing 150 MW peat-fired West Offaly Power Station in Shannonbridge to run on biomass. The authority found that the proposed development would be "contrary to proper planning and sustainable development" given that significant volumes of imported biomass would have to be trucked to the inland location.
In November 2018, the Irish national power utility Electricity Supply Board (ESB) filed a planning application with An Bord Pleanála outlining the proposed development of its 150 MW peat-fired West Offaly Power Station in Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly to run on biomass. The power station currently has permission to operate as a peat-fuelled electricity generating station with separate ash disposal sites up until to December 31, 2020, by which it is to have ceased operations.
The proposed development submitted by the ESB would enable the continued operation of West Offaly Power Station and the associated ash disposal facility beyond the December 31, 2020, cutoff point and the phased fuel transition of the power station from peat to biomass to reach 100 percent biomass fuelling by 2027.
An Bord Pleanála has concluded its consideration of the ESB’s application and has refused permission for the proposed development at the existing West Offaly Power Station, Shannonbridge and the existing ash disposal site at Derrylahan.