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Veolia wins Ireland biomass contract

Veolia has won a €450m (£322m) contract to operate the largest independent biomass power plant in the Republic of Ireland.

Mayo Renewable Power awarded the company’s subsidiary, Veolia Energy Services, a 15-year deal to run the 42.5MW combined heat and power facility in Killala, County Mayo.

The company will supply the biomass fuel requirement for the plant in addition to operating and maintaining the power production and adjacent fuel processing facilities.

The plant will be in commercial operation in mid-2017 and provide 30 jobs.

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Veolia senior executive vice-president Estelle Brachlianoff, left, said: “This project marks a significant step on Ireland’s path towards developing sustainable energy solutions.

“We are looking forward to collaborating with our project partners to deliver best in class energy management for the successful delivery of this milestone project.”

The plant will use similar technology to that applied at Veolia’s biomass facilities at Merritt and Fort St. James in British Colombia, Canada, which are among the largest plants in North America.

Veolia has been operating in the Republic since 1990, and currently works with industry, commercial customers and public authorities.

It employs 500 staff across its three business activities in water, waste management and energy.

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