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Northern Ireland ready for advanced thermal treatment facility

Planning permission for an 80,000 tonne clean energy recovery from waste facility in Lisburn, Northern Ireland has been granted by environment minister Alex Attwood.

The advanced conversion facility from Energos at the former Burn House rendering facility will use non-recyclable, non-hazardous mixed waste to generate 7MW of electricity, enough to power 17,000 homes. It could also provide affordable heat in the form of steam or hot water for local industries and homes.

Around 60% of the electricity generated by the Energos' gasification process will be renewable energy generated from biomass and will qualify for double Renewables Obligation Certificates (ROCs) from the UK government.

Nick Dawber, Energos MD, says: ‘This is an community-sized solution for local waste that would otherwise fill up landfill sites and emit damaging greenhouse gases.’

‘This facility will provide a boost for the Lisburn area, creating construction jobs in the short term and permanent skilled jobs once completed,’ adds Attwood. ‘I am a firm supporter of energy from waste opportunities and of alternative, more environmentally sustainable energy plans.’

Energos is currently building its second UK gasification facility at Glasgow City Council's Recycling and Renewable Energy Centre in Scotland.