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CHP plant planned for Ireland

A CHP station planned for Rhode in Co Offaly, Ireland is due to break ground early next year.

Renewable energy company Biotricity Ltd. is behind the project, which is estimated to cost €40 million and create 200 construction jobs in addition to 65 full-time positions when completed by mid 2012.

The facility will generate 15MW of renewable energy from willow grown and supplied to the site by Irish farmers, in addition to 120,000 tonnes of biofuel.

5,000 homes will benefit from the new development.

Declan Kennedy, managing director of Biotricity, said: 'This is a milestone announcement for both Biotricity and Offaly. We are announcing the construction of a plant that will be powered by the sustainable supply of willow grown by Irish farmers on Irish land.’

The new plant will be erected close to the former ESB power which was closed down in 2002.