ESB announces closure of Shannonbridge and Lanesboro power stations by December 2020

ESB has announced the closure of both the Shannonbridge and Lanesboro power stations at the end of December 2020.

A statement issued by ESB states the current planning permissions for West Offaly Power and Lough Ree Power will expire at the end of next year.

The company is currently meeting with employees from West Offaly and Longford’s Lough Ree power stations to inform them of the plan for the closure of the stations.

The government recently announced the creation of a €6m Just Transition Fund for the midlands, and in light of the closures ESB will make an additional contribution of €5m to this fund.

The ESB says it’s a matter of significant regret, and it very much appreciates the commitment of staff.