Relief as Lough Ree Power Station re-opens



Lough Ree Power Station in Lanesboro, which was temporarily closed almost three months ago, has re-opened this week. The ESB had suspended operations in July because of a failure to meet requirements under its license. 

  At the time, the ESB explained that is required under its license to return cooling water from Lough Ree Power back into the River Shannon in such a manner so as not to raise the downstream river temperature by more than 1.5 degrees Celsius above the upstream intake temperature.

  While the station normally complies with this requirement, there are specific times of the year where low flow in the river can give rise to brief excursions above this limit.

   As a consequence of this particular licencing issue, ESB had made the decision in July to temporarily suspend operations at Lough Ree Power “until such matters are resolved”.

  In recent days, the ESB said that “based on current conditions on the River Shannon,” it is now in a position to return the Lough Ree Power plant to service.

  The ESB said that the plant will gradually re-commence generation at prudent levels to ensure compliance with its environmental licence obligations.

  Local politicians have welcomed the development. Deputy Denis Naughten that the news will come as a relief to the 400 families in the vicinity of Lough Ree Power Station who are dependent on the operation of the plant.

  Deputy Eugene Murphy welcomed the news that the plant is re-opening. Senator Terry Leyden also welcomed the decision to reopen Lough Ree Power Station which he said comes as a great relief to all the staff involved.