River Liffey

The River Liffey Scheme is made up of three separate power stations:

Station: Golden Falls
County: Kildare
Fuel type: Hydro
Capacity: 38MW
Status: Active
Commissioned: 1943

Station: Poulaphuca
County: Wicklow
Fuel type: Hydro
Capacity: 38MW
Status: Active
Commissioned: 1944

Station: Leixlip
County: Kildare
Fuel type: Hydro
Capacity: 38MW
Status: Active
Commissioned: 1949

 

 

 

 

Each of the Liffey hydro stations are located at a point on the Liffey river where natural falls provide suitable sites for developing hydro power plants.

After passing through Poulaphuca and then Golden Falls, the river flows 56km through County Kildare to Leixlip. Commissioned in 1938, these stations have a combined capacity of 38 MW. Poulaphuca is the largest complex, with two 15 MW generators and there is one 4 MW generator each at Golden Falls and Leixlip.

Stations_Liffey_1970s

Liffey PR Pamphlet, 1970s

 
These three stations also form part of the Turlough Hill Stations group.

Click the image to the left for more information relating to the operation of the Liffey Scheme.

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