q.Aerial view of site

County: Cork
Fuel types: Oil; Gas
Capacity: 120MW
Status: Active
Commissioned: 1954
Upgraded: 2009


Marina sits in the heart of the Cork City Docklands on the River Lee.

The station has gone through several different running regimes since it opened. Originally, it was designed and run as a coal and oil-fired station. With the discovery of natural gas off the southern coast of Cork in 1979, ESB took the strategic decision to convert the station to a combined cycle configuration by adding a gas turbine unit and a heat recovery boiler, boosting both the station’s capacity (to 96 MW).

In 2009, the unit was converted to open cycle operation, with an output of 90MW.

Over time, what was once the largest producer of power in Ireland has become one of the smaller ones in our portfolio. However, Marina continues to be extremely useful to the grid and provides flexible and reliable back-up for wind power in the Cork and Kerry area.

Click the images below for more information relating to the operation of Marina station.

Marina Power Station from the book “A Heritage Inventory of ESB Buildings in Ireland”

Marina PR Pamphlet, 1970s

Marina PR Pamphlet, 1970s

Marina PR Pamphlet, 1990s

Marina PR Pamphlet, 1990s

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