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Plans for large AD plant approved in Ireland

An Bord Pleanala, Ireland’s national independent planning body, has approved the development of a large anaerobic digestion (AD) plant in County Offaly.

Once operational, the facility will be fed with approximately 50,000 tonnes of feedstock primarily sourced from local farms within 10 kilometres of the site, the Irish Farmers Journal reported. The proposed development will not accept municipal waste. Biomethane produced at the AD plant, located on industrial land at Ballyduff, Tullamore, will be injected into the gas grid.

Strategic Power Projects is developing the project, which will produce 40 GWh of renewable gas annually and sold to domestic and industrial gas users through suppliers. The facility will include a feedstock reception hall, a laboratory, two primary digester tanks, one secondary digester tank, liquid digestate storage tanks, a water storage tank, manure reception tanks and stores.

This is the third renewable energy project by Strategic Power Projects to be approved in the Republic of Ireland in the last year. The development will also produce digestate, which will be used as an organic bio-fertiliser on the feedstock supply farms.




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