What is the background to Kilroot Power Station?

The power station was commissioned in 1981 and operated by NIE until privatisation in 1992 when US firm AES Corporation took over the site. AES operated the power station until 2019 when it was acquired by EP UK Investments (EPUKI).

Who are EPUKI and when did they get involved?

EP UK Investments (EPUKI) represents the UK interests of EPH, which is a leading energy group that owns and operates assets across Europe. They acquired Kilroot Power Station from AES in June 2019. Ballylumford Power Station was also acquired at that time.

What experience do EPUKI have in delivering energy projects?

EPUKI has significant experience in the development and construction of energy projects across GB and Ireland. Further details are available at https://www.epuki.co.uk/assets/

Why is an Energy Park being proposed at this location?

EPUKI want to invest significantly to bring forward proposals to help Northern Ireland play its part in tackling climate change.

The masterplan vision therefore includes new highly flexible gas generation to replace coal as well as a variety of other forms of renewable energy on the 230-acre site which all focus on cleaner energy.

How can I make comments on the proposals?

You can make comments directly to the project team through the ‘contact’ page of this website. If taken forward, proposed uses contained within the masterplan vision will be subject to extensive public consultation (including statutory Pre-Application Community Consultation if required) and the normal planning / consenting process at the appropriate time.