Tarbert Next Generation Power Station
The SSE Thermal-led public consultation for the proposed Tarbert Next Generation Power Station is now closed. Our virtual consultation room was open from July 10th until August 2nd. In addition two in-person consultation evenings took place on July 18th and 19th in Tarbert Community Centre and The Listowel Arms Hotel respectively. For any queries in relation to the project please contact our Community Liaison Officer, Conor Joy - [email protected].
SSE Thermal is proposing that the site of our existing power station in Tarbert will provide the location for a new power station which would run on 100% sustainable biofuel, Hydrotreated Vegetable Oil (HVO), with the potential to utilise hydrogen in the future. The proposed development consists of a 350MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine (OCGT) plant fuelled by HVO, which is produced by processing waste oils to create a fossil-free alternative to diesel in accordance with EU sustainability standards.
An OCGT plant has been selected for the proposed development as it is able to respond rapidly to changes in the electricity demand by starting up quickly and achieving full output within a short period of time.
Earlier this year, the proposed Tarbert Next Generation Power Station secured a 10-year capacity agreement in the T-4 Capacity Auction, to commence in 2026/27. Capacity auctions are a key element of the all-island electricity market, designed to deliver reliable electricity supply into the future. Our intention is to apply for planning permission later in 2023 and the new station could be operational by 2026.
The new station will support the security of electrical power supply, the continued expansion of Ireland’s renewable generation capacity and would provide essential support to the electricity supply system at times of peak demand and at times when other electricity generation sources are not sufficient to meet demand.