Viridian Group, which transmits and distributes power to homes and businesses, has completed its second electricity generation plant at Huntstown in north Dublin.

Huntstown plant 2 is a Mitsubishi designed high-efficiency combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) unit generating 401MW and represents Viridian’s second major investment at the north Dublin site, following the commissioning of the 343MW Huntstown 1 generation plant in November 2002.

Total generation capacity at Huntstown is now sufficient to meet the energy requirements of approximately 450,000 homes and is equivalent to around 22% of the Republic of Ireland’s electricity requirements.

Harry McCracken, managing director of Viridian, said: We are particularly delighted that Huntstown 2 has been completed on schedule and on budget and as planned, in advance of next month’s opening of the all-island Single Electricity Market. Huntstown 2 represents a further major investment by the Viridian Group and our second major investment in electricity generation in the Republic of Ireland. This brings our total investment in the Irish electricity market to around E500 million.