Taoiseach to open Great Island power plant
TAOISEACH Enda Kenny is due to officially open the Great Island Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant on Friday morning (June 12).
SSE has invested more than €350m in the construction of Great Island CCGT, which is one of Ireland's cleanest and most efficient power plants and generates enough energy to power around half a million homes. SSE has also invested €43m in completing a 41km industrial-grade gas pipeline from Bawnlusk, Co. Kilkenny, bringing gas for the first time to the South East, and which will be extended to parts of Wexford town in coming months.
The new plant power plant began commercial operations in April following months of commissioning activities to prove the new power station's capabilities following more than two years of construction. Last September SSE's engineers, along with project teams from lead contractor DCI and turbine manufacturer Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, successfully fired-up and synchronised the new gas turbine to the grid for the very first time.
Around Around 40 staff, most of whom have been recruited by SSE from Wexford and surrounding counties, operate the new plant which was acquired by SSE in October 2012 from Endesa Ireland in the very early stages of construction. Since then almost three million working hours have been expended by the entire project team in the delivery of the power plant, and at its peak over 1,200 contractors were employed on-site.