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Edenderry Power Plant

Edenderry Power Plant has an installed capacity of up to 128 MW of electricity and supplies about 2.5% of Ireland’s national requirement

Originally developed as a peat-fired power plant, Edenderry Power Plant is now co-fired with a mixture of peat and carbon neutral biomass. The use of biomass as a co-fuel commenced in 2008, and has increased steadily year-on-year. As part of its energy policy, the Irish government has set a 30% biomass co-firing target for all of the peat-fired stations by 2015. This target will require the displacement of around 300,000 energy tonnes (ET) of peat at the Edenderry plant, and the station is well on line to meet this goal.

YearCarbon Intensity (tCO2/MWh)RES-E Produced (MWh)CO2 Abated (tonnes)

The power station utilises modern Fluidised Bed Boiler and open cycle gas turbine technology to enable a highly efficient rate of energy conversion in our processes.

The plant operates to strict standards, and is certified to ISO 9001, ISO 14001, and OHSAS 18001 Quality, Environmental and Health & Safety standards as part of one integrated system. We added ISO 17025 for our onsite laboratory facilities in 2006, and added ISO 50001 for Energy Management in 2010. These standards are maintained and developed to support Edenderry’s business management systems.

Integrated Business Management System

Edenderry Power’s quality system is administered and controlled in one Integrated Business Management System. This system incorporates the requirements of ISO 9001 Quality, ISO 14001 Environmental, ISO 50001 for Energy Management and OHSAS 18001 Health & Safety standards.

Plant Technical Information

The main plant data are as follows: Boiler

  • Bubbling Fluidised Bed Boiler (Kvaerner Pulping Oy) three stage HP Superheater
  • Two radial type Flue Gas (I.D.) Fans, capacity 2*60%
  • Fluidising Gas Nozzles
  • Rotary regenerative type flue gas Air Preheater
  • 180 tonnes fluidised bed sand
  • Normal bed temperature 910 degrees C
  • Electrostatic Precipitator for Dust Removal
  • SO2 Abatement system
TurbineTwo cylinder, triple pressure condensing machine operating at 3,000RPM
Cooling SystemForced Draft Cooling Towers (seven)
Fuel ConsumptionOne million tonnes Biomass/year
Electrical Output120MW/c. 980GWh per year
Plant Efficiency38.4%
Make-upWater 220m3/hour abstracted from river Figile at Clonbullogue
EmissionsStrict IPPC licence from EPA
Ashc. 32,000 tonnes/year to licensed landfill

The plant is scheduled to operate 24/7 and is manned at all times. It completes one major outage on an annual basis and two further minor shutdowns principally for boiler cleaning in order to maintain optimum plant efficiency.

Environmental Management

Edenderry Power Plant operates to strict Environmental limits and standards

As well as operating under licence from the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), Bord na Móna’s Edenderry Power has installed and operates an Environmental Management System which meets the requirements of its IPPC Licence, and is also certified to ISO 14001 Standard.

As a reasonable and prudent operator, Edenderry Power Ltd operates the plant at all times to:

  • Maximise availability and efficiency of the power plant.
  • Minimise the incidence, severity and duration of forced outages.
  • Prevent premature deterioration of the power plant.
  • Comply with applicable legal, environmental, health and safety requirements.

Edenderry Power is committed to a policy of continual improvement of the power plants it operates and maintains, and places a significant emphasis on its environmental responsibilities, as indicated in its Environmental Policy Statement.

Environmental Policy Statement

In Operating and Maintaining Edenderry Power Plant we are conscious of the effects of our activities on the environment and will:

  • Meet and where possible exceed, the requirements of all applicable legislation and regulations establish objectives, against which targets are set for the implementation of this policy continually improve our environmental performance.
  • Implement measures to prevent pollution.
  • Optimise the consumption of energy and minimise waste.
  • Work with contractors and suppliers to improve their environmental performance.
  • Provide the necessary training and support to employees to ensure these commitments are fulfilled.
  • Ensure adequate resources are allocated for the implementation of the policy.

Health and Safety

It is policy to comply, as a minimum, with all-statutory requirements and common law duties relating to our activities. It is policy to protect, so far as is reasonably practicable, persons not employed by this company who may be affected by our activities.

In implementing these policies Edenderry Power will ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable:

  • A safe place of work.
  • Safe systems of work.
  • Safe plant and machinery.
  • Safe means of access and egress.
  • Provision of appropriate information, instructions, training and supervision.
  • Provision of suitable protective clothing and equipment where hazards cannot be eliminated.
  • Preparation and revision of emergency plans.
  • Prevention to risks from health from any article or substance.
  • Obtaining the services of a competent person to prepare this safety statement.

Procedures are established and maintained for the ongoing identification of hazards, the assessment of risks, and the implementation of necessary control measures. The company ensures that the control measures specified are carried out.

Health & Safety Policy Objectives

  • Aim for zero reportable accidents
  • Consistent and recognisable environmental health and safety arrangements
  • Be leaders in environmental, health & safety management
  • Continuously improve our safety operating performance

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From Dublin Airport

M1 towards Dublin City and at first exit join M50 Southbound towards Cork / Limerick.
Take first exit on M50 after toll bridge.
Take N4/M4 (west) to Galway / Mayo.
Take first exit after toll booth signposted Johnstownbridge and Edenderry R402.
Follow the R402 to Edenderry and drive straight through the town.
Just outside Edenderry turn left onto R401.
Plant is located about 3 km on left.
Take second entrance gate to plant.

From Dublin City

N7/M7 towards Cork/Limerick
Follow the M7 motorway until Newbridge / Curragh exit.
Drive by the Curragh Racecourse and take the next right over bridge towards Rathangan
In Rathangan, go straight through the village.
About 1 km outside Rathangan, take the road to the left for Clonbullogue.
In Clonbullogue, take a right and follow road towards Edenderry.
The plant is located about 4 kms on the right from Clonbullogue.

The GPS grid co-ordinates of Edenderry power plant are 53° 17′ 26.5″ N and 7° 5′ 12.9″ W.