Platin Peaker Plant

  • Category: Thermal
  • Energy type: Gas
  • Project type: Project

What are we proposing?

SSE is progressing its proposal to develop a new oil-fired 208MW Open Cycle Gas Turbine (Peaker) Power Plant at its greenfield site at Caulstown, Carranstown, Platin, Duleek, Co. Meath. The site is on land owned by SSE and in an area where industrial use has been permitted and is established.

The proposed development will comprise two separate components on different parts of the site. The proposed OCGT power plant will be made up of four containerised peaker units, each housing a fully enclosed and roofed turbo generator. Adjoining the plant will be a proposed new 110kV transmission substation which will connect the peaker power plant to the national electricity 110kV transmission grid system.

The proposed overall development will provide strategic support to the national electricity system during peak times, providing electricity backup when customer demand exceeds generation supply. This will assist in ensuring and maintaining security of supply in the region.

Planning permission to develop the site for power generation has previously been granted by both Meath County Council and An Bord Pleanála on three prior occasions. Previously approved developments on the site have included a 400MW combined cycle gas turbine power generation plant and a 60MW peaker power generation plant.

Applications for planning permission

SSE has submitted an application for planning permission to Meath County Council for the proposed OCGT peaker plant. The company has also submitted a separate application for planning permission to An Bord Pleanála for the proposed 110kV transmission substation via the Board’s Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) process, which is a requirement of the Planning and Development Act 2000 (as amended).

The statutory consultation period for the OCGT peaker plant application (Planning Application Reference: lb190031) is now open and submissions must be received by Meath County Council by 4pm on 20 February 2019.

The statutory consultation period for the substation application submitted will be open from 14 February, and submissions must be received by An Bord Pleanála by 4.30pm on 4 April.

Click here to visit the dedicated website for the proposed 110kV transmission substation. This website provides an electronic version of the Strategic Infrastructure Development (SID) application documents lodged with An Bord Pleanála.

Notice of Commencement of Site Investigation Works

In preparation for the planning application for the proposed 208MW OCGT peaker plant an archaeological embanked enclosure was identified. This is situated 25m from the planning application redline. The archaeological embanked enclosure was detected through recent geophysical and LiDAR investigation and is situated in the north-west corner of the 10.8ha site.

SSE has indicated on all submitted planning drawings a buffer zone around the embanked enclosure detected. SSE carried out a full geophysical survey of the proposed development site. The geophysical survey provides an indication of where anomalies exist. SSE is now preparing to investigate these further.

Beginning on Monday 18 February, SSE intends to carry out appropriate site investigation works to determine if sub-surface archaeological features are present and the extent to which they will be impacted by the proposed development. A suitably qualified archaeologist will be present at all times during the course of the site investigation works and a license has been obtained by the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. The results of the test excavation will be submitted to the National Monuments Service, Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, and to The Heritage Officer, Meath County Council, for review.

In advance of these works, SSE will erect safety bunting and road signs on Thursday 14 February. The archaeological test trenching is expected to take between three to four weeks.

Public Information Event - 5 December 2018

Following feedback received from the local community at a Public Information Event held in September, SSE hosted a second Drop-In Public Information Event at the Carranstown Lodge, Drogheda Road, Duleek on 5 December. This event provided information on refinements made to the proposal following the feedback, as well as proposals for a Capital Grant Scheme to benefit the immediate local community.

You can download an information booklet from the event by clicking here.

Public Information Event - 25 September 2018

In advance of the planning applications being submitted, SSE invited community members to a public information event at the Carranstown Lodge, Drogheda Road, Duleek on Tuesday 25 September to find out about the proposed development and how it will interact with the local community and environment.

You can download an information booklet from the event by clicking here.