Ceisteanna—Questions. Written Answers. - Argina Coalfield.

Wednesday, 2 May 1984

Dáil Eireann Debate
Vol. 350 No. 1

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520.

Mr. Doherty: Information on Seán Doherty  Zoom on Seán Doherty  asked the Minister for Energy if he has any proposals for the utilisation of reserves of inferior grade coal at the Arigna coalfield in the event of it not being required for the generation of electricity there.

Minister for Energy (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  The position in regard to the use of the deposits at Arigna known as “Crow” coal is under review. I am not in a position to say what alternative uses, apart from power generation at Arigna, are likely. However every possibility will be fully explored and if the Deputy has a practical suggestion in mind, I will be glad to receive it.

521.

Mr. Doherty: Information on Seán Doherty  Zoom on Seán Doherty  asked the Minister for Energy if he proposes to proceed with the erection of a second coal fired electricity generating station at Arigna; and if he will meet a deputation to discuss this matter.

522.

Mr. Blaney: Information on Neil T.C. Blaney  Zoom on Neil T.C. Blaney  asked the Minister for Energy if he has arranged a date to meet the deputation as requested by the Arigna coalminers.

Minister for Energy (Mr. Spring): Information on Dick Spring  Zoom on Dick Spring  A Ceann Comhairle, I propose to take Questions Nos. 521 and 522 together.

I understand from the ESB that they have deferred the construction of a second coal fired electricity generating station at Arigna, County Roscommon. This is as a result of the board's existing excess generating capacity, the high cost of the project and the poor demand for electricity. In the course of a meeting with a delegation from the area last February, this information was conveyed to the delegation. In these circumstances I do not think that any useful purpose would be served by another such meeting. I have underway a study of the impact of his deferral with a view to proposing possible measures to lessen any adverse effects.


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