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'Very Confident' Eamon Ryan says power blackouts 'unlikely' this winter as energy plants will be restored soon

He added that he is “very confident” that there will enough power supply to meet demands

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Minister for Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Minister for Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan (Brian Lawless/PA)

Minister for Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications Eamon Ryan (Brian Lawless/PA)

The issue of electricity supply is “unlikely” to be a concern this winter, the Environment and Climate Minister has said.

It comes after two key gas-fired plants in Dublin and Cork broke down and were temporarily closed for repairs, with some experts warning that the country may experience power blackouts as winter approaches.

However, Eamon Ryan said that while the closure of these stations has caused an “immediate, short-term problem in electricity supply,” they will be back in operation “sooner than people feared.”

Speaking to The Pat Kenny Show, Mr Ryan said that the two plants, at Whitegate in Cork Harbour and Huntstown in north Co. Dublin, should be back in action by October or November.

He added that he is “very confident” that there will enough power supply to meet demands.

He said: “Our expectation is now that we will not have outages this winter.

“You never know as such with power station breakdown, something similar to the loss of the two large gas power stations which went out earlier this year.

“You always have developments that you can’t completely expect. But subject to the return of those two gas power stations, we expect to be able to get through this winter period.”

The Government is committed to generating at least 70pc of the country’s energy needs from renewable sources by 2030, and Mr Ryan said that this has been a “successful” scheme so far.

“We have been very successful in rolling out renewable power - it's working, and is much cheaper than the gas price.

“What we need to do is make sure we have the back-up supply that matches that.”

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