Moneypoint power station
Moneypoint power station is a 915-megawatt (MW) coal-fired power plant in Munster, Ireland. It is Ireland's largest electricity generation station and only coal-fired power station.
The map below shows the plant, located on the Shannon Estuary, near Kilrush, County Clare.
Background on Plant
Moneypoint was under construction from 1979 to 1987. Before its construction, Ireland depended heavily on imported oil for its energy. The 1970s sharp increase in oil prices over a short period of time led the government to build the coal plant.
In 2016 the plant was retrofitted to meet EU pollution controls and to extend the life of the plant.
In 2019, the government launched its climate action plan which included a commitment to end the burning of coal in Moneypoint by 2025
- Sponsor: Electricity Supply Board
- Parent company: ESB Group
- Location: Kilrush, Clare, Munster, Ireland
- Coordinates: 52.60795, -9.424255 (exact)
- Status: Operating
- Gross capacity: 915 MW (Units 1-3: 305 MW)
- Type: Subcritical
- In service: 1985-1987
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