Energy giant SSE Thermal is exploring options to develop a new low-carbon power station at Tarbert in North Kerry.

This, the company says, will help protect security of electricity supply and provide flexible backup to renewable power generation.

These power stations would initially run on sustainable biofuel with the potential to convert to hydrogen in the future.

While in early development and still subject to a final investment decision, these new power stations could be operational as early as 2027, bringing with them the potential to underpin demand for low-carbon hydrogen.

It’s estimated it could provide up to 300 megawatts of electricity at Tarbert.

Catherine Raw, the managing director of SSE Thermal said: “There is a clear and present need for a new generation of flexible power assets in Ireland and as a company we are determined to play our part. New units at Tarbert and Platin can be a vital part of Ireland’s net zero future.”

SSE’s existing Tarbert Power Station is required to close by the end of 2023 in line with its environmental licence.

The site has a long history of power generation and local expertise, making it an ideal location for a new low-carbon plant, supporting a just transition away from high-carbon activities.

From Limerick Leader

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