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Welcome to the Lumcloon Energy Power Plant

Lumcloon Energy Limited intends to construct a new power station at Lumcloon, Ferbane, Co. Offaly.

Project Update:
An Bord Pleanála issued a Request for Further Information (RFI) to Lumcloon Energy Ltd. in relation to this project on the 30th November 2009. The RFI related to the discharge of wastewaters from the proposed development to the Silver River and the implications of the New European Communities Environmental Objectives (Surface Water) Regulations 2009 (S.I. 272 of 2009), which were published on 24th July 2009. A response to this RFI was submitted to An Bord Pleanála on the 21st December 2009.

Permission granted:
The planning application which was lodged with An Bord Pleanála in August 2009 and following a public oral hearing held in January 2010, An Bord Pleanála have granted permission on 15th March 2010.


Project Overview:
In accordance with Section 37 of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (No. 30 of 2000) as amended by Section 3 of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006 (No. 27 of 2006), The Seventh Schedule to the Planning and Development Act 2000, as inserted by Section 5 of the Planning and Development (Strategic Infrastructure) Act 2006, Lumcloon Energy Limited has made an application to An Bord Pleanála for permission to construct the Lumcloon Power Station.

Lumcloon Energy Ltd. propose to construct and operate a new gas fired electricity generating station at Lumcloon, Cloghan, Co Offaly, capable of producing up to a maximum of 350 megawatts (MW) of power in combined cycle operation. The area of the proposed development site is 4.614 hectares. The plant will operate on natural gas with distillate oil as a standby fuel, in the event of an interruption to the gas supply. Gas will be supplied to the facility from the gas network, operated by Gaslink, and electricity will be exported to the National Grid via the existing transmission lines located at the site.

The station will be capable of running in either open cycle or in combined cycle modes and is described as a flexible mid merit plant with peaking capacity. In open cycle operation, the station will be capable of producing up to 188MW of electricity. The power generation units include four gas turbines, four heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) and two steam turbine generators, which will be contained within one building constructed with varying roof heights determined by the components within. Each HRSG will also be fitted with supplementary gas burners. Two air cooled condenser (ACC) units will be externally located adjacent to the power generation building. Four diverter stacks (38 metres in height) will be provided for use in open cycle operation and four HRSG stacks (49 metres in height) will be installed for use in combined cycle operation.

Other components on site include an above-ground natural gas installation (AGI), a gas receiving compound, an electrical switchyard, an administration building, a car park, a warehouse, a laboratory, workshop, control room, backup distillate storage tanks, water storage tanks, a water treatment plant, a process effluent treatment plant, a below-ground storm water attenuation tank, a proprietary treatment plant for foul effluent, pumps, coolers, pipe racks, transformers, all associated internal roads and below ground infrastructure.

The facility will require an Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) licence from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The facility will be a lower tier ‘Seveso site’ under the Control of Major Accident Hazard Involving Dangerous Substances Regulations (SI 74 of 2006)

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