Dublin energy shortfall predicted after ESB drops gas projects

The firm is to pay €2 million in compensation, but this leaves a gap in power supply as demand from data centres snowballs

Daniel Murray

Political Correspondent @danieltmurray
14th March, 2021
Dublin energy shortfall predicted after ESB drops gas projects
Two gas-fired generators due to be built next year in the North Wall area of Dublin city have been shelved by the ESB, with the utility giving no explanation as to why it pulled the projects

The ESB is to pay €2 million in termination fees after it pulled out of building two gas-fired power generators in Dublin next year, the Business Post has learned.

The decision could result in a huge gap between power supply and demand in Dublin from next year. The county is seeing an unprecedented surge in electricity demand, driven primarily by energy-hungry data centres.

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