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- Location: Kilrush, Co. Clare
- Technology: Coal or Oil
- Capacity: 915MW
- Commissioned: 1985 - 1987
Moneypoint is one of Ireland's largest electricity generating stations and is located near Kilrush in Co. Clare on the Shannon Estuary.
The primary fuel for generating electricity at Moneypoint is coal. There are three individual generating units in the station each capable of producing 305MW, giving a combined station output of 915MW. The station was commissioned between September 1985 and June 1987.
Large quantities of coal must be stored and handled on site. With all generating units at full output, the station can consume up to 7,000 tonnes of coal per day. Given this quantity, the coal handling equipment is of a significant scale. This includes a jetty capable of accepting vessels up to 250,000 dead weight tonnes and a 600,000 tonne storage area. A typical coal shipment is of the order of 140,000 tonnes.
ESB is committed to minimising adverse environmental impact resulting from its electricity generation operations. The Moneypoint site operates under an EPA licence and has an ISO 14001 certified environmental management system. ESB has also invested in emissions abatement equipment in Moneypoint which has seen a reduction of the order up to 85% NOx and 90% SOx emissions.