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Gas Networks Ireland granted permission for renewable gas injection facility

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Gas Networks Ireland (GNI) has received permission to build a renewable gas injection facility in County Cork, Ireland.

An Bord Pleanála approved the proposed development in Mitchelstown, following original planning permission granted by Cork County Council in May 2020.

The new facility will have the capacity to receive renewable gas produced from farm and food waste from multiple local producers. It has the potential to heat up to 64,000 homes when operating at full capacity, while also supporting the decarbonisation of local agriculture.

The facility can receive renewable gas from more than 20 local AD plants and will enable the establishment of a sustainable renewable gas industry in the region, providing local jobs and additional revenue from sources such as the sale of feedstocks used to generate renewable gas, bio-fertiliser, and renewable gas.

“The Mitchelstown injection facility in an important step in replacing the natural gas on the network today with sustainably produced, carbon-neutral renewable gas which is entirely compatible with the existing gas infrastructure,” said GNI’s head of asset management, Bobby Gleeson.

“The facility positions Cork, and in particular the Mitchelstown area, at the forefront of enabling sustainable circular economies that will help decarbonise Ireland’s gas network and reduce emissions across a number of key sectors, including agriculture.

“We would like to thank the local community for their support of this project and both Cork County Council and An Bord Pleanála for their approval of this important development.”

Producing renewable gas from farm and food waste is a key feature of the EU Green Deal’s Farm to Fork Strategy, which provides a roadmap for a sustainable, healthy, equitable food system.

The facility is part of the GRAZE Gas project, shortlisted for funding by the Department of Environment, Climate, and Communications under the Climate Action Fund.

Construction is due to start mid-2021 and the first phase is expected to be operational by Q3 2022.