Posted in Connect on January 15, 2015.

Largest plant of its type in Ireland to operate from former Asahi plant in Killala

Mayo Renewable Power (MRP) has begun building a €180 million, biomass CHP plant at the former Asahi site in Killala, Co. Mayo.

The new highly efficient plant will burn woodchip and will have the capacity to generate 42.5 megawatts of electricity, which is enough energy to power around 42,000 homes.

The electricity produced by the plant will be exported directly onto the National Grid and distributed throughout the country.

The new development will also see the creation of a fuel storage and processing facility which will supply biomass wood chips for sale to the domestic market.

CHP or Combined Heat & Power is a form of technology where both heat and electricity are produced to obtain the maximum energy from the fuel used.

The fuel at this plant will be wood chip biomass, which will be supplied from a variety of sources including locally grown willow, spruce from local forestry and forestry thinnings, along with imported supplies.

This development will bring up to 350 jobs at its peak in the construction phase and 30 full time jobs on completion. It will also provide a much needed boost to the local economy and deliver significant carbon savings, thus helping Ireland deliver on its renewable energy commitment. The facility should be operating commercially in 2017.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny, who turned the foundation stone on the new biomass power station earlier this year, said:

“It will be the largest biomass power station to have been built in this country to date and will contribute to reducing our greenhouse emissions.

“Ireland is committed to meeting 40% of electricity demand, 12% of its heat, and 10% of its transport, from renewable sources. The new Mayo plant will help us meet our targets.”

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