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SLR Consulting Helps Gain Planning Permission for First Geothermal Electricity Generating Station in Ireland

Mar 03 2011 Read 939 Times

SLR Consulting has successfully obtained planning permission for the development and operation of the first geothermal electricity generation plant in Ireland.

Working on behalf of Newcastle Energy Ltd, SLR scoped, prepared and submitted the planning application along with the environmental impact statement. Planning permission was granted by South Dublin County Council within just four months with no third party appeals against the decision.

SLR Ireland Managing Director Tim Paul said: “The comprehensive scoping and pre-planning consultation carried out in conjunction with Newcastle Energy Ltd, together with the high quality of the application documentation combined to ensure a successful planning decision in a very short time frame.

Based at Greenogue Business Park, Rathcoole, County Dublin in Ireland the development will consist of the initial drilling of two deep wells to an approximate depth of 4000 metres.

The wells will be used for the extraction and re-injection of natural hot geothermal water. The heat from the water will then be used to operate a geothermal electricity generation plant that will generate up to 4.5 megawatts of electricity which will be fed into the National Grid.

Newcastle Energy Ltd.’s Managing Director Padraig Hanly said:
“SLR’s expertise made sure the planning process was seamless and that permission for the development was granted in a short time period.”
 

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