US-backed Mayo Renewable Power is planning a €180 million electricity generating plant for Killala, the construction of which will create up to 350 jobs. It will be Ireland’s largest independent biomass power plant.
Building work is due to start immediately, for which the company has secured all the necessary planning permission and permits, and the facility should be operating commercially in 2017.
Construction group John Sisk & Son will build the plant and the project will create up to 350 jobs at its peak.
Another 30 full-time posts will be filled when the plant in Killala, opens in two years.
Taoiseach Enda Kenny announced the development of the plant – which will be fueled by woodchip biomass and produce enough electricity to power 68,000 homes.
Much of the biomass fuel for the plant will initially be imported, but the plant will also take willow and miscanthus - fuel crops that can be grown by local farmers.
Mr. Kenny said more than 100 people will be employed indirectly in growing, harvesting, transport and other ancillary services associated with the plant. “This will offer a great opportunity to farmers in the region to grow biomass crops which require little maintenance and where they will have a ready market for sales.”
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