Moneypoint aCounty: Clare
Fuel type: Coal; Oil
Capacity: 915MW
Status: Active
Commissioned: 1985


Moneypoint is one of Ireland’s largest generating stations. It utilises three Brown Boveri Turbines, each with a capacity of 305 MW, leading to a total capacity of 915 MW – around 7 million MW hours/year.

Coal is the primary fuel; however, Moneypoint also has two Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO) storage tanks with a capacity of 50,000 tonnes. We use HFO as a back-up fuel if needed.

At full output, the station consumes approximately 7,000 tonnes of coal per day – around two million tonnes a year. We have developed extensive coal-handling facilities on site, including a deep-water jetty capable of accepting vessels of up to 250,000 dead weight tonnes and a 600,000 tonne coal storage area. (A typical coal shipment is around 140,000 tonnes.)

Above: 1985 documentary detailing the construction and engineering milestones of Moneypoint Generation Station. More about this documentary here

400kV Transmission Lines from Moneypoint, c.1986-1989. Documentary describing the design and construction of two 400kV transmission lines running from Moneypoint station to the main load stations on the east coast of Ireland. More about documentary here

Moneypoint PR Pamphlet, 1980s

Moneypoint PR Pamphlet, 1980s

In 2008, we completed a major environmental equipment upgrade to ensure the plant complies with the strictest environmental requirements for flue gas desulphurisation (SO2) and selective catalytic reduction (NOx).

Click the image on the left for more information relating to the operation of Moneypoint station.

Moneypoint Station was featured on a 40-minute long Clare FM radio documentary, broadcast 31 July 2022. Programme includes interviews with station manager Stevie O’Mahoney, colleague John Bonfil and ESB Senior Archivist Tanya Keyes.

To view more click on link below

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


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