Irish firm plans third biomass plant
January 22, 2013
By Argus Media
January 22, 2013, London, UK — Irish renewable energy company Kedco hopes to construct a 25MW biomass-fuelled combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Port of Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
The company, which operates a 4MW biomass plant in Newry, Northern Ireland, and a 12MW plant in Enfield, London, has signed an agreement with port operator Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners to lease a 10-acre site at the port for the proposed plant.
The plant will require up to 180,000 t/yr of biomass feedstock, although the type of feedstock — and whether it will be locally sourced or imported through the port — will be subject to discussion with the port and planning authorities, Kedco chief executive Gerry Madden said.
“We have not yet begun negotiations with feedstock providers at this stage, but we have ongoing relationships with feedstock suppliers for our Newry and Enfield projects,” Madden told Argus.
A binding contract is expected to be agreed by the end of March, after which the planning process will start immediately, Kedco said. The company will apply for planning approval in the third quarter of 2013, and the plant is expected to take 18-24 months to construct once planning approval is granted.
Kedco plans to double capacity at its Newry biomass plant to 8MW. A planning submission will be made by the end of June, and the company expects a decision to be made by the end of this year.
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