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Permission Sought For 50 Year Condenser Grid Support Facility In Dunnstown.

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The application says "It is intended to regulate reactive power on the electricity network"

Kildare County Council is considering an application for a condenser grid support facility to link up with the ESB Dunnstown Electricity Substation.

It is intended to regulate reactive power on the electricity network

Applicant, Island Stability Services Limited, is seeking a planning permission of 10 years in duration, with projected life span of 50 years.

The firm says "At the end of life the proposed development can either be decommissioned or refurbished to extend its life"

The condenser grid, if approved, will site on a 1 hectare compound, and include underground cabling to the substation.

KCC is due to issue its decision on November 2nd.

The development description is as follows:
"Development Description:for a 10 year planning permission to develop a synchronous condenser grid support facility, which will connect to the adjoining ESB Dunnstown Electricity Substation in the townland of Dunnstown. The proposed development will have a projected life span of 50 years. At the end of life the proposed development can either be decommissioned or refurbished to extend its life. The development is to be located within a site compound c. 1 ha. It will regulate reactive power on the electricity network and will consist of the following elements: a building (c. 540sqm., c. 10m high) to house equipment including a synchronous condenser with flywheel, lube oil skid, air compressor and pumps. Equipment to be located outside the footprint of the building but within a fenced compound will include cooling equipment (c. 160sqm., 3m high); 6 No. modular containers to house electrical and control equipment (total area of c. 195sqm., c. 5m high); a step-up transformer, an auxiliary transformer, an external circuit breaker, electrical balance of plant, 1 No. firefighting water tank, above ground oil separator and connection pit, c. 100m of underground cabling ducts and cable to the adjoining ESB substation, balustrade boundary fencing, security entrance gate and CCTV, all other ancillary and miscellaneous site works to include: site clearance; site access, internal roads and development of areas of hard standing and lay-down area. The proposed development will connect by underground cable to the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) 220kV substation adjoining the western boundary of the proposed development site. This underground cabling will not form a part of the transmission networks as defined in Section 2(1) of the Electricity Regulation Act 1999,
Development Address:Dunnstown,Co. Kildare."

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