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Energia Group announces plans to build anaerobic digestion plant in Belfast

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One of the biggest energy companies in Northern Ireland, Energia Group, has announced plans to build an anaerobic digestion plant in Belfast, the Belfast Telegraph has reported.

The Power NI parent company, known as Viridian until May 2019, has revealed the £40 million (€44.3 million) project will create 200 construction jobs to build the renewable energy plant, with 20 to remain employed once it is up and running.

The proposed development is Energia’s first major anaerobic digestion plant in Northern Ireland. It is also building Energia Bioenergy, an anaerobic digestion plant in Dublin, which is powered by domestic waste and commercial food waste from the city.

The company plans to use food and garden waste to fuel the digesters, with the methane gas produced being used to generate electricity. The proposed nine-acre development would include weighbridges, an office building, waste reception areas, nine tanks and a biogas holder.