An Bord Pleanala has given permission to Spanish energy giant Endesa to construct a new Combined Cycle Gas Turbine generating station on the site of the former ESB plant at Great Island in County Wexford. Endesa acquired the site along with facilities at Tarbert in Kerry, Rhode in Offaly and Tawnaghmore in Mayo from ESB for Eur450 million two years ago, making Endesa the second largest utility company in Ireland.
Endesa is the leading utility in the Spanish electricity system and the number one private electricity company in Latin America. It is a significant player in the energy sector of the European Mediterranean region. It also has a growing presence in the Spanish natural gas market and is advancing rapidly in the area of renewable energy.