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Ballylumford Power Station

AES Ballylumford Power Station is situated on the north western tip of Islandmagee in County Antrim, Northern Ireland, opposite the sea port of Larne. With an installed generating capacity of 1017 MW it is the largest power station on the island of Ireland.

The B Station consists of a 3-set 308 MW generating asset, commissioned in 1974 and converted to natural gas primary fuel firing in 1997.

The C Station is a 593 MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) plant which was commissioned in 2002.

Two distillate fired aero-derivative gas turbine generators (OCGT) were commissioned in 1976 to provide additional capacity of 116 MW.

Ballylumford B Station Upgrade

With the introduction of the Large Combustion Plant Directive in 2004, Ballylumford was expected to close at the end of 2015. In March 2014 AES responded to a tender in the EU Journal from the System Operator for Northern Ireland (SONI) for additional capacity to support security of supply from 2016. In November 2014 it was announced that AES had won a contract for a three year period.

One B Station unit was retired at the end of 2015 with the remaining two units operating at a nominal output of at least 250 MW. These units are fully compliant with the new Industrial Emissions Directive limits for both Nitrogen Oxide (NOx) and Sulphur Dioxide, achieving a threefold reduction in emissions.

The extension of the B Station ensures vital security of electricity supply to consumers and businesses in Northern Ireland over a three year period for less than 1% of the average electricity bill. The upgrade has retained upwards of 140 local jobs, both at AES and long-term contractors.