ESB and Shannon Airport to target development of hydrogen plant

  • Memorandum of Understanding signed by companies today
  • Would make Shannon industry leader


Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Aviation and Tourism Cathal Crowe has welcomed the ground-breaking news that Shannon Airport and the ESB are targeting the development of a cutting-edge hydrogen plant at the airport.

A Memorandum of Understanding has been signed by Mary Considine of Shannon Group and the ESB’s Jim Dollard this afternoon, paving the way for a significant move towards sustainable aviation being developed here in Co. Clare.

“This is a massive, massive announcement for Shannon Airport,” said Deputy Crowe.

“If all goes to plan, this would see the a sustainable green hydrogen plant explored for Shannon, to demonstrate the use of hydrogen in aviation, heavy goods transport and industry, and as a lighthouse model for the net zero integrated energy system of the future.

“Simply put, Shannon Airport and the Midwest region would be at the very centre of moves towards a sustainable model of aviation.

“The aviation sector is at a key juncture at present, with widespread moves towards net zero carbon emissions, and for our airport here at Shannon to be leading the way in Ireland is phenomenal.

“Decarbonising the transport industry is vital and hydrogen can play a major role in achieving this.

“This, along with the ESB’s Green Atlantic project at Moneypoint means the true potential of the Shannon Estuary in the move to sustainable energy is being realised.

“Today is the first step in getting the hydrogen lighthouse project up and running and the work is by no means done but I stand ready to work with Shannon Group and the ESB in any means possible to ensure that this comes to fruition.”