Permission granted for
bio-energy facility

PLANNING permission has been granted for the development of a new bio-energy facility at Galmoy Mines.

PLANNING permission has been granted for the development of a new bio-energy facility at Galmoy Mines.

The development will consist of the construction of a new bio-energy facility and ancillary provisions together with the retention and change of authorised use of existing site infrastructural items on a forty-hectare site located within the existing Galmoy Mines site. The facility would receive, store and biologically treat source segregated organic bio-waste for the production of bio-gas and compost. The bio-gas would be used on-site as a fuel to produce thermal and electrical power for use in the facility with the surplus electrical power being exported to the national grid. The compost would be sold as a soil improver.

The following elements are included: construction of reception and hydro-mechanical pre-treatment building housing a material reception area, bunkered areas, storage areas, process plant and equipment and associated pipework, ductwork and cabling. Also included is the construction of a buffer suspension tank, a process water tank, anaerobic digester tanks, a gas de-sulphurisation unit, an emergency gas flare and chimney stack, combined heat and power (CHP) engine building and chimney stacks, two process water treatment plants and various associated pipe work and cabling.

Permission was also granted for the construction of composting buildings housing pre-composting and post composting areas, bagging area, structure material bunker, process plant and equipment, the construction of a plant shed and the construction of an air management system including compost and woodchip aeration plant, waste air collection system, air scrubbers, bio-filters and vent stacks. The ancillary provisions would mainly consist of an extension of the existing access road, a wheel wash, a weighbridge, hardstanding areas, car parking, package wastewater treatment system and polishing filter, petrol interceptor, various sewers, pipework, ductwork and cabling.