A €240m unique waste disposal project in this country will see household waste turned into electricity at a new facility in Co Limerick.
Limerick City and County council members yesterday approved a €130m 30-year lease of a 14 hectare site by the Shannon Estuary, near Foynes.
Cadence EnviroPower, a joint-venture Irish registered company set up by two US corporations, will build a gasification facility on the site, adjacent to the Gortadroma landfill which opened in 1999 and closed in 2014.
Gas produced at the plant will be converted into 30 megawatts of electricity which will be sold to the national grid.
Cadence EnviroPower says the new facility will create 150 permanent jobs and hundreds more during the construction phase.
When commissioned, the plant will take in up to 1,000 tonnes of municipal waste daily from all parts of the country.
All incoming waste will be delivered to an entirely enclosed and covered-in area.
Members of the council and residents from the local community recently visited a similar facility in France.
Sinn Féin councillor Ciara McMahon, who was on the visiting group, said: “We were very impressed by the plant we saw in France. The company were very open and clear about how they operate the plant. It was a very clean operation.”
Kieran Lehane, the council’s director of environment and water services, said the proposed facility would not give off any emissions and was not an incinerator.
The council operates a small gas production facility at Gortadroma which feeds off landfill gas emission.
Mr Lehane said the site is a major infrastructure asset and the gasification plant will help maximise its use.
Cadence EnviroPower will now move on to the planning stage.
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