Project Update – Cork and Belfast
Waste Management Infrastructure in Ireland
As illustrated by recent coverage in The Irish Times and The Irish News, Ireland needs further recovery capacity urgently. The need for further recovery capacity, as well as a waste management approach that is in line with the principles of self-sufficiency and proximity, is also identified in regional waste management plans in both Northern and Southern Ireland. Indaver has long been aware of this infrastructural gap.
Ringaskiddy Resource Recovery Centre – Cork
Indaver has submitted an application to An Bord Pleanála to develop a waste-to-energy facility in Cork. The facility will be a sister site to Indaver’s facility in Meath. Indaver proposes to develop a 240,000 tonnes per annum waste-to-energy facility for the treatment of household, commercial, industrial, non hazardous and suitable hazardous waste.
The facility will generate approximately 18.5MW of electricity for export to the national electrical grid. This will be enough to supply the power needs of approximately 30,000 households. That’s enough electricity to power the equivalent of the combined households of Carrigaline, Cobh, Midleton, Mallow, Youghal, Bandon, Fermoy, and Passage West.
An Bord Pleanála is considering the application and the case is due to be decided on the 24th of January 2017. For more information about the project, see www.ringaskiddyrrc.ie
Waste Treatment Facility - Belfast
Arc21 is the waste management group representing six Councils to the east of Northern Ireland. Indaver is the company behind the Becon Consortium, which was formed to pursue the opportunity created by arc21’s public procurement for its residual waste treatment project. In response to requirements identified by arc21, the Becon Consortium has developed plans to co-locate a mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plant and an energy from waste (EfW) plant, a visitor centre, and a bottom ash treatment facility at the Hightown Quarry site on the Boghill Road, Mallusk. The project involves a £240m initial capital investment.
The MBT process will extract valuable materials such as metals, plastics and other recyclable products. The organic rich material remaining after recyclate extraction will be treated in bio-drying tunnels to improve its calorific value as a refuse derived fuel (RDF). The facility will divert up to 250,000 tonnes of waste from landfill per year and contribute to recycling targets. It will also generate and supply the national grid with 14MW of renewable electricity.
After a hearing in front of the Planning Appeals Commission in Belfast in October 2016, the Commissioner is preparing his report and a recommendation. When complete, both will be sent to the Department of Infrastructure for a final planning determination. For more information about the project, see http://www.becon.co.uk/
Sustainability, Proximity, Self-Sufficiency
According to the European Commission’s Country Report (Jan 2016), the development of infrastructure remains a challenge for Ireland. Engineers Ireland in the South and the Institution of Civil Engineers in the North have recently highlighted that the development of infrastructure across a number of areas, including waste, is vital for sustainable growth and future prosperity.
John Ahern, Indaver Ireland’s Executive Chairman, says “There has been progress on the island of Ireland. Recycling rates have increased, and we’re diverting increasing amounts of residual municipal waste from landfill. However, we’re very reliant on export. This is a lost opportunity in terms of maximising our own resources, and also leaves us vulnerable to changes in the market. The two waste-to-energy facilities we propose to build promote the principles of proximity, self-sufficiency, and sustainability when it comes to waste management.”
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