THE company behind plans for a gas plant on the Ballylongford landbank is now applying for planning permission for a separate power plant on the site.
Locals in Ballylongford and Tarbert were told of the plan at two information events hosted by Shannon LNG in both villages on Monday and Tuesday.
Although the gas plant plan appears stalled amid bureaucratic considerations about tariffs in the gas industry, the company is laying down plans for this other, key part of the development.
Locals are taking this as a positive sign that Shannon LNG is still committed to establishing its gas storage plant on the site in a build that would employ hundreds and could potentially lift the area out of recession practically overnight.
Details of the new power plant revealed to the public this week show that it would have a capacity of 500 MW, enough to supply the gas plant with electricity and sell excess electricity into the national grid as well.
The company described it as the most efficient means of providing heat and electricity for the industry. The planned power plant is to be gas powered. Excess electricity will be exported to the Eirgrid substation in Kilpadogue via an underground cable.