Renewable biomethane has entered the network at Ireland’s first purpose-built injection facility in County Kildare.
Gas Networks Ireland announced the news alongside revealing it has applied for planning permission for a second injection point in North Cork. This is the firm’s first step in its €28 million plan to roll out a network of renewable gas injection facilities in Ireland.
Denis O’Sullivan, managing director of Gas Networks Ireland, said: “Renewable gas is a key pillar in our plan to fully decarbonise the gas network by 2050 through a combination of renewable gas, carbon capture and storage and the use of hydrogen.”
If approved, the company’s second injection point in Mitchelstown will have the capacity to support up to 20 farm-based agri-anaerobic digestion biomethane plants within a 50km radius of the town. The area has a high concentration of large pig and cattle farms. The renewable gas sourced from local farms will provide enough energy to heat 54,000 homes.
The new facility will form part of Gas Network Ireland’s GRAZE (Green Renewable Agricultural & Zero Emissions) project, which has received €8.5 million in funding from the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment’s Climate Action Fund.
O’Sullivan believes that renewable gas will contribute 20% of the total gas demand in Ireland by 2030, according to the Irish Examiner.