Renewable gas project in Cork to increase on-farm AD
Gas Networks Ireland has announced its new renewable gas project, GRAZE. The project aims to inject large volumes of renewable gas into the natural gas network and has been shortlisted for €8 million of funding under The Climate Action Fund.
According to Farm Ireland, the GRAZE Gas project cost a total of around €29 million and is also part of a larger investment with Gas Networks Ireland. The Mitchelstown, Co. Cork based project will have a Central Grid Injection (CGI) facility to allow renewable gas to enter the grid.
Mitchelstown has been chosen by Gas Networks Ireland due to the area’s ‘huge potential’ for farm-based AD plants. The plants can be fed a variety of feedstocks, including food waste, slurry as well as other farm wastes. The facility will also be the first of 17 transmission connected facilities that will deliver renewable gas into the natural gas networks.
Farm Ireland reports that the facility will support the development of on-farm anaerobic digestion (AD) plants, which will be supplying the CGI plant.
GRAZE Gas is a stand-alone project and will run from 2019 to 2022. In this time, the first transmission connected Central Grid Injection (CGI) facility for renewable gas will be installed. A renewable gas logistics operation is also to be installed along with two Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations and a grant scheme to support circa 74 CNG vehicles.