Galway County Council in Ireland has rejected an application to build a 200MW gas-fired power station at Cashla in east Galway.

Constant Energy had initially applied to construct a EUR60m natural gas-fired power plant, but was forced to withdraw its application after the council refused the power plant planning permission.

The proposed project was fiercely opposed by the local rural community which sent about 400 written objections to the council.

According to the local authority, the plan for the plant would have contradicted its Galway County Development Plan, which focuses on the sustainable development of the area.

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.