West Offaly Power

West Offaly Power, Shannonbridge, Co Offaly

West Offaly Power was a milled peat power station located on the banks of the River Shannon at Shannonbridge, Co Offaly. Built as a replacement for the ageing 125 MW Shannonbridge power station, the new plant housed a single boiler/turbine unit with an electrical output of 135 MW.

The station had a 15-year contract to burn peat supplied by Bord Na Móna and closed in 2020.

The official opening of the station took place on 8th July, 2005. Click on link below to read how the event was covered in EM, ESB newspaper.

It was one of the largest purpose-built peat-fired stations in the world, constructed in line with the EU’s Large Combustion Plant Directive.

The station used modern fluidised bed technology to burn peat in an environmentally-friendly and efficient way. Over 37% of the primary energy supplied from the fuel was converted to electricity and supplied to the grid.