Moneypoint power station

From Global Energy Monitor

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.

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Background on Plant

Moneypoint power station is a three-unit coal-fired power plant with a total capacity of 915 MW. The plant is owned by ESB Group. It supplies about a quarter of the country's electricity.[1]

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.[1]

In 2016 the plant was retrofitted to meet EU pollution controls and to extend the life of the plant.[2]

In 2019, the government launched its climate action plan which included a commitment to end the burning of coal in Moneypoint by 2025[3]

Plant Details

  • 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
  • Coal type:
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  • Source of financing:

Articles and resources


  1. 1.0 1.1 Moneypoint power station, Wikipedia, accessed May 2020
  2. "Retrofit to Moneypoint Coal Fired Power Plant," EBS International, Sep 5, 2016
  3. "Ireland Climate Action Plan 2019" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2019-07-17. Retrieved 2019-07-17.

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