Great Island CCGT
- Category: Thermal
- Energy type: Gas
- Project type: Asset
SSE’s new Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at Great Island, Co. Wexford, has gone into commercial operation and has now been officially added to the company’s electricity generation fleet as an operating asset.
The CCGT station, based on the shores of Waterford Harbour at Great Island, Co. Wexford, is now the cleanest and most efficient natural gas power plant on Ireland’s national grid, will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of half a million Irish homes of SSE Airtricity customers.
The Great Island CCGT is now the cleanest and most efficient natural gas power plant on Ireland’s national grid, will generate enough energy to power the equivalent of half a million Irish homes of SSE Airtricity customers.
Construction works at SSE’s new €331m Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power plant at Great Island, County Wexford are fast approaching completion later this year, following the successful achievement of a number of landmarks over the first three months of 2014.
We recognise that our investments in new electricity generation benefit from the co-operation of the local community in a variety of ways, particularly during the construction phase. In recognition of this, our policy is to establish long-term funds to support community projects in areas where we are developing generation projects.
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SSE has invested over €330 million in the construction of the new Great Island CCGT plant. The CCGT will greatly increase SSE’s share of electricity generated in Ireland.
The commissioning of the new CCGT plant coincides with the immediate retirement of the existing 240MW heavy fuel oil power plant which was first commissioned at Great Island almost 50 years ago in 1967.
The decommissioning of the existing plant and the addition of the new gas-fired plant to SSE’s generation fleet significantly decarbonises electricity generation in the all-island Single Electricity Market.
Press release archive
April 2015: Great Island enters commercial operation
September 2014: First fire at Great Island
April 2014: Great Island CCGT approaching first fire
October 2013: Region will beenfit greatly from SSE power plant
October 2013: Great Island CCGT power boosts south east