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    I could be a useful location for a power station, I presume the power cables from Aghada to to Irish Steel are still there.

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    First Nuclear Power station for Ireland?

    Joking aside, its a bit small. Aghada Natural Gas Power station occupies about three times the space that Irish steel used to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish
    First Nuclear Power station for Ireland?
    Could only reduce the rumoured levels of radioactivity. :wink:

    Joking aside, its a bit small. Aghada Natural Gas Power station occupies about three times the space that Irish steel used to.
    Aghada is a big enough station, look at the small size of the new (1980?) unit in Marina.
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    Yes. And look at its output too...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Goldie fish
    Yes. And look at its output too...
    115 MW compared to Aghada's 540MW. Not to be sneezed at.

    http://www.esb.ie/main/about_esb/pow...20of%20station

    http://www.esb.ie/main/about_esb/pow...data/index.jsp

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    Another shipload of scrap departed The Basin on Friday for Spain.
    They are making considerable progress with the dismantling of Steel.
    Almost half of it is gone I beleive.

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    according to rumours on the base, there were nuclear specialists from germany over in the last 3 weeks examining "stuff" that was found on the ISPAT site!!!!

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    Perhaps this would be more informative;

    Haulbowline Site Remediation Update - April 2006

    http://www.corkcoco.ie/co/web/Global...bal%20Nav/Home

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    That link doesn't tell you much

    http://www.corkcoco.ie/co/web/Global...lobal+Nav/Home

    Haulbowline Site Remediation Update - April 2006


    Steelworks Remediation




    The ground investigation of the steelworks site, completed in the autumn by White Young Green, provided a huge number of samples of soil, slag, ground-water, sea-water and marine sediments as well as a full topographical survey of the site and the Spit Bank to the east of Haulbowline island. The results are currently being reviewed by Hyder Consultants, who will assess the requirements for remedial work and the possibilities for re-development of the site.









    Demolition of the steelworks buildings continues, and most structures in the southern half of the steelworks site (the former rolling mill) have been removed. In mid-December a section of pipe being dismantled was found to be lagged with asbestos. This was duly reported to the HSA and a Prohibition Notice was issued by them requiring an asbestos survey. This was completed by mid-January and high-lighted asbestos gaskets in pipe-work and lagging in an underground cable duct. Gaskets will be removed by the contractor in accordance with asbestos regulations as demolition proceeds. Asbestos in the cable ducts will be removed by the contractor's own specialized asbestos team.







    The next phase of demolition awaits the completion of internal cleaning of the melt shop buildings. The quantity of dust removed from these buildings and stored pending safe disposal is expected to exceed 1000 tonnes, well above original estimates, and the cleaning has taken longer than expected. The aim is to minimize dispersal of dust during demolition, and work practices and sequences will be organized with this in mind. The PM-10 dust monitors installed within the Naval Base will continue to be used to give early warning of dust dispersal.







    The process of removing the remaining steelworks raw materials and waste products continues. Over 700 tonnes of oily sludge has been pumped out of the water clarifier tanks and sent to an EPA-licensed hydrocarbon treatment facility. Some 150 tonnes of unused refractory material remains on site and is being classified for disposal. Oil is being drained from 20 transformers and sent away for recycling, and over 600 oil-filled capacitors, some containing PCBs, are being assembled for safe disposal.



    Steps are being taken to preserve the former steelworks Administration building burned out in the fire of January 2001, which is classified as a National Monument.


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    Sniff Sniff I really miss the old place..it was such a charactheristic site in the harbour
    Just visiting

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    while being really attractive and welcoming...

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    Quote Originally Posted by hptmurphy
    Sniff Sniff I really miss the old place..it was such a charactheristic site in the harbour
    You definitely spent too much time there
    No Beast so fell that knows no pity,
    No Beast am I, For I know no pity...

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    Whatever happens to the Island it will be really important for the department of defence to secure the all the berths in the basin because there is not enough room for the fleet as it stands and it will cost miliions to provide additional berthing for the new ship if the navy ever gets one.

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    Latest photos from the Plant, slowly vanishing. Compare to earlier photos taken from the same location.

    If you look closely you can see one of the 3 Original Naval Warehouses that face west is again visible. The other 2 were damaged by fires and must be restored as part of the site cleanup.
    The Travelling crane is semi dismantled, and most of its rail has been removed. Its days too are numbered.


    The Cooling Bay buildings are now completely gone, with just the office buildings that were on its perimiter now remaining. These too will be knocked in time I'm sure.

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    Latest view from Cobh.

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    jesus...its almost gone..what the timescale before its all gone?
    Just visiting

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    For comparison, here are a sequence of photos Of the Steel mill taken during the demolition, from the same location.


    West Wall of basin


    August 2004

    August 2005

    December 05

    May 06

    July06

    End of Cooling bay, looking north.

    August 05


    September 05


    July 06

    Graving dock,looking East

    Aug2005


    May 06

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    From Cobh, Looking south

    September 05


    July 06

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    when its gone the basin is going to be a much windier place!!!

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    Press release

    http://www.breakingnews.ie/2006/07/28/story269822.html


    Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment today (Friday 28th July 2006) announced that the Government has approved the establishment of an interdepartmental project team, led by the Department
    of Enterprise, Trade and Employment, to develop proposals for the
    redevelopment of Haulbowline Island. The project will transform Haulbowline and the lower Cork Harbour making it an attractive place to work, live and do business.

    Commenting on the announcement Minister Martin said “The project envisaged for Haulbowline would be among the largest projects in the State since the development of the Financial Services Centre in Dublin”

    Commenting further Minister Martin said “This 44 acre site has the potential to be the most attractive waterside site in Europe. Haulbowline has unique attractions including the National Maritime College and the UCC Marine Research Centre. These and its longstanding marine traditions, will form the basis for a complete redevelopment plan which will:

    Transform the environment in Cork, particularly in the Lower Harbour

    Dramatically improve the quality of life for the surrounding communities in Ringaskiddy and Cobh

    Allow for a more balanced employment mix between manufacturing, office and leisure jobs in the lower Cork Harbour

    Among the type of facilities it could include are

    16,000 square metres of office space
    Approximately 200 apartments
    A Marina with up to 225 berths and a Club House
    A 300 bed Hotel
    A Maritime Museum
    A landmark building which would become a renowned feature for Cork as a whole.

    Concluding Minister Martin said “ This project will be of huge significance not just to Haulbowline and the lower harbour area but to the city and county as a whole.”

    And from Ireland.com

    Team to draw up plan for Irish Steel site
    Last updated: 28-07-06, 15:55


    Government approval has given for project team to be created to draw up a plan for massive redevelopment of the Irish Steel site in Cork.

    The plan, with an estimated value of several hundred euro, would be along similar lines to that used to regenerate the Dublin Docklands.

    Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Michael Martin said he expects the plan will lead to an authority similar to the Dublin Docklands Authority being establishment.

    Hi department is leading the project team which will include Department of Defence, the Department of Communications, Marine and Natural Resources and the Department of the Taoiseach.

    "The project envisaged for aulbowline would be among the largest projects in the State since the development of the Financial Services Centre in Dublin", he said.

    "This 44 acre site has the potential to be the most attractive waterside site in Europe. Haulbowline has unique attractions including the National Maritime College and the UCC Marine Research Centre," he added.




    The NS could have a lot of company on the island ...
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    sounds like a big improvement on irish steel

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    Who originally held the land?
    Meh.

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    Goldie is probably the man to talk about the history of the site, but I do know that there was a steel mill there from 1939 on (nationalised in 1947).

    And of course Cork was a Treaty Port, so I assume there was some RN presence on the Island until 1938, although this page suggests that the Naval Base was handed over in 1924 ...

    http://www.nmci.ie/index.cfm/page/historyofirishnavals

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    Knowing some of the lecturers in the College, they would be way more qualified to give the details than I, so they must be right.
    That said, from what I can remember, when the Ports were handed over it was just the coastal artillery forts that were in use by the British. Haulbowline does not have coastal artillery. Spike Island would have been the main British Base in the Harbour at the time, I believe.

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    Haulbowline was more or less abandoned until the Army moved in after the formation of the forerunner to the NS..the dock yard was derilict.
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