Investigation into fire at Moneypoint power station

Investigation into fire at Moneypoint power station


Fire crews leaving Moneypoint following a fire in March 2016 – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2016

The ESB has launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at it’s generating station at power generating at Moneypoint in west Clare.

The alarm was raised shortly before midnight when the plant’s automatic fire system alerted staff.

The company’s own emergency procedures were quickly implemented. This involved alerting the local authority fire service and units of the fire brigade from Kilrush and Kilkee were mobilised to the incident.

The company has said that output at the station has not been affected despite damage to a conveyor system.

Moneypoint electricity generating station – Photo: © Pat Flynn 2017

An ESB spokesperson said: “The station’s automatic fire detection and suppression systems were activated and trained station personnel were immediately deployed to investigate and control the fire. Local Authority Fire Service was also called in to assist.”

“The fire has caused some damage to one of the coal conveyors but station output is not affected,” the company said.

The ESB has also confirmed that an investigation has been launched and that the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have been informed of the matter.

There was a similar fire at the facility on this day last year.

Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick. Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station's flagship current affairs programme. He was also the station's News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day. As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.