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Andritz Hydro and Strabag participate in a construction consortium in North Tipperary

28 January 2016

One of the largest infrastructure projects in Ireland's history  

The project is expected to cost EUR 650 million and is comprised of a multinational consortium including Austrian companies Andritz Hydro and Strabag. Once completed, the project will create 360 MW of power (enough for over 200,000 homes) and will be located in North Tipperary.

This will become one of the largest infrastructure projects in the Ireland’s history and the Silver Mines Hydroelectric Power Station will provide renewable and sustainable energy which is keeping in line with government planning.

An abandoned mine will be used as a basis for the new power plant which is a ‘win-win’ as confirmed by a local official. The power plant will have a long-term positive impact on the region and the Irish energy sector as a whole, since 400 jobs (of which 50 are permanent) will be created at the power plant during construction.

Currently the project is at the stage of feasibility study, but it is expected to proceed to detailed planning later this year. The planning phase is expected to take two years and the construction phase should take four years. 

The total value to Ireland is expected to be about EUR 2.5 Billion.