The Silvermines hydro-electric station is of significant importance not just to Tipperary but to Ireland and Europe according to MEP Sean Kelly.
The Fine Gael representative recently visited the North Tipp site – he believes the €650 million project will secure important ‘Project of Common Interest’ status from the EU.
The Ireland South MEP – who sits on the Industry, Research and Energy Committee in the European Parliament – says the project is likely to be favourably viewed at European level.
The hydro-plant is expected to generate 400 jobs in construction and 50 when up and running.
Meanwhile a new website has been launched for the Silvermines Hydro Electric Power Station at www.silvermineshydro.ie