Loughrea-based Constant Energy had applied to construct the EUR60m natural gas-fired power plant at Cashla, near Athenry in Galway County. The company withdrew the application after the council refused the power plant planning permission.

As reported, the proposed project was opposed by locals and the council received about 400 written objections to the power plant, mainly because of environment and health fears.

According to the local authority, the plan for the plant would be contrary to the planning and sustainable development of the area and to the objectives and policies as set out in the Galway County Development Plan.

The power station was to be developed on a site close to an existing ESB substation and would have contained two gas-turbine generators. It was also designed to work in conjunction with wind energy to provide extra power at peak times.