Gasification specialists Energos has received planning permission to build a “nationally significant” energy from waste facility in Northern Ireland.
Northern Ireland environment minister Alex Attwood gave the green light to plans for a facility in Lisburn able to process around 80,000 tonnes of non-recyclable mixed waste a year at the former Burn House Rendering site in the west of the city.
Once constructed it will generate around 7MW of electricity, enough to power 17,000 homes, and also provide affordable heat in the form of steam or hot water for local industries and homes.
The company said around 60% of the electricity generated by the gasification process will qualify for double Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs)as it is generated from biomass.
Attwood said the development would be a boon to the Lisburn area.
He added: “I am a firm supporter of energy from waste opportunities and of alternative, more environmentally sustainable energy plans. This facility will deal with our waste, prevent landfill and create renewable energy.
“Whilst I am currently consulting on an ambitious 60% target of waste being recycled by 2020, there is still a need for facilities to deal with waste that is not recyclable. This proposal achieves the right balance in planning terms, is good for the economy and a better option for the environment.”
Energos planning manager Nick Baston said: “As a ‘nationally significant’ project, the Lisburn facility was subject to determination by the Department of the Environment. The planning service has undertaken a thorough review and we are delighted to have been awarded consent for this strategic site.”