Belfast Power Station


a new era in low carbon electricity generation

Introduction

Belfast Power Limited is consulting on plans to develop a state-of-the-art gas-fired power station at Airport Road West in the Belfast Harbour Estate. This proposed development will bring a new supply of low carbon energy to Northern Ireland as we move away from older traditional fossil fuel powered stations.

Belfast Power Limited is a subsidiary of Evermore Energy, a Northern Ireland based company established in 2009. It is widely recognised as a market leader in the energy sector, operating at the cutting edge of low carbon electricity generation, having already successfully developed the 16 megawatt Lisahally Combined Heat and Power Plant at Foyle Port in Londonderry.

Given the regional significance of the proposed Belfast Power Station, Belfast Power Limited is carrying out an extensive programme of Pre-Application Community Consultation (PACC) ahead of the submission of a planning application to the Department for Infrastructure. This gives us the opportunity to explain the project to the public and take on board your views at an early stage.

ELECTRICITY GENERATION IN NORTHERN IRELAND

Belfast Power Station will bring a new supply of low carbon energy at a time when older coal fired power stations are coming to the end of their useful life cycle.

Northern Ireland currently relies on three major power plants to supply the majority of the electricity we need.

These include:

  • Coolkeeragh gas-fired power station in the North West
  • Ballylumford power station in Islandmagee
  • Kilroot power station

In the coming years older generating plant at Ballylumford and Kilroot are being decommissioned due to environmental restrictions, meaning there will be a significant reduction in the amount of electricity being produced.

Therefore there is now a need to develop a new, modern, low-carbon power station in Northern Ireland to help provide the electricity we use in our homes and businesses every day.

BELFAST POWER STATION

The proposed Belfast Power Station represents a new era in low-carbon energy supply in Northern Ireland. Using cutting-edge combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) technology provided by Siemens Energy, it will produce 480 megawatts of electricity - enough to power over 500,000 homes and businesses. Its modern design means it will operate

in a way that is complimentary to renewable energy generation in Northern Ireland, helping to further reduce the region’s CO2 emissions. With a private investment of £280 million, it will create over 700 jobs during construction and 50 full time highly skilled roles when operational.

STRATEGIC LOCATION

Belfast Power Limited has secured a 13 acre site in the Belfast Harbour Estate.

Earmarked for energy generation, the site is located in Belfast’s industrial heartland away from any residential areas.

It is in close proximity to Northern Ireland’s main natural gas network which will provide the power station’s main fuel source. The location of the site will also allow the project to be connected to the

tricity transmission system, meaning the power it generates can be transported to the main network and distributed throughout Northern Ireland.

The underground gas connection will form part of Belfast Power Limited’s planning application for the project, while the connection to the electricity network will be taken forward separately by SONI (System Operator for Northern Ireland).

HIGHEST ENVIRONMENTAL STANDARDS

At Belfast Power Limited we want to play an important role in low-carbon electricity generation for Northern Ireland while having the least possible impact on the environment.

The proposed power station has been designed by Siemens Energy to include cutting-edge technology, meaning it will meet and exceed the highest environmental standards, achieving lower C02 emissions compared to more traditional forms of power generation.

A comprehensive Environmental Statement will be submitted alongside the planning application for the project, allowing the Department for Infrastructure and relevant consultees to fully assess environmental considerations such as:

  • Air Quality
  • Archaeology & Cultural Heritage
  • Geology and Soils
  • Hydrology
  • Noise
  • Transport Assessment • Airport Proximity
  • Ecology
  • Hydrogeology
  • Landscape and Visual Assessment
  • Population
  • Socio-Economic

During its construction and operation the plant will adhere strictly to all environmental legislation having obtained all necessary permissions and consents in advance. Alongside the requirement to obtain planning permission, the project will also secure an Industrial Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) Permit alongside other permits and licences.

Project Timeline

Project Team

Strategic Planning

SIEMENS

RMI Architects

WHITE YOUNG GREEN

Envest Environmental

CORVUS CONSULTING

National Air traffic Services

PARK HOOD

Redmore Environmental Ltd

JMP

Gahan & Long

PROJECT DESIGN ENGINEERS

PACEC

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If you require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us:


Strategic Planning
1 Pavilions Office Park,
Kinnegar Drive, Holywood,
BT18 9JQ
info@strategicplanning.uk.com
028 9042 5222


Comments and feedback from the public and key stakeholders is welcomed before Monday 30th January 2017 and will be taken into account by Belfast Power Limited before a planning application is submitted to the Department for Infrastructure


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