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Application to demolish Lough Ree Power station in Lanesborough

Apr 5, 2022 07:04 By Shannonside News
Application to demolish Lough Ree Power station in Lanesborough Application to demolish Lough Ree Power station in Lanesborough
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The iconic power station building closed a year and a half ago

The ESB has lodged an application for planning permission to demolish the Lough Ree Power station in Lanesborough.

The company is also seeking approval to develop a battery energy storage system at the 13.1 hectare site on the Roscommon-Longford border.

It's not even 18 months since the Lough Ree power station closed its doors for the final time, and the ESB is now progressing works to see the iconic structure pulled down as part of its future plans for the site.

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Works will take place in two phases - initially involving the demolition of a total gross floor area of over 20,000 square metres including the power station building itself and its boiler house, turbine house, bag filter house and its iconic 80m high chimney.

Also set to be demolished include the intermediate peat storage building and ancillary buildings such as screening, lorry uploading and water treatment

Existing surfaces such as footpaths and kerbs will be maintained and a boundary gate and fence will be installed.

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The demolition works will then be followed by phase two in which the ESB hopes to develop a 75 megawatt capacity battery storage facility - comprised of 19 battery storage units as well as the structure to support the 200 MVA rated Sync Con. and related buildings and services.

Underground grid connections will serve both projects which, if given the green light, will be approved for a ten year period.

Those who wish to make a submission have until early May to do so. with a decision due by the 26th of next month.

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