The UK’s green bank has committed £20m to a new £80m woodchip bioenergy plant in Lisahally, the construction of which is due to get underway more than a year after the Sentinel first reported the plans.
Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster confirmed the local plant is the only Northern Ireland project the Green investment Bank has backed.
“To date the Green Investment Bank (GIB) has committed £20 million funding towards Evermore Renewable Energy to develop a combined heat and power plant in the Port of Londonderry,” she stated.
Evermore will build the 15.8 Mega Watts electricity biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant on the 10 acre Foyle Port site. Over the 20 year lifetime of the plant, it will achieve a reduction of 1.2m tonnes in carbon dioxide emissions, and create 200 construction and 18 full time jobs. The company has submitted new construction and traffic management plans for the site. It will be built over the next two years and is expected to be up and running by late 2015.
According to the documents: “The development is based around three main buildings, comprising the Turbine and Boiler Building, Services/Workshop building and a Wood Chip Storage Silo. These buildings are steel structures with cladding, built on concrete foundations. In addition to the main buildings, there will be a chimney stack and various ancillary infrastructure elements, such as an air cooled condenser, vehicle weighbridge, offices/control room and welfare facilities, internal roads and car parking area, radiator fans, sedimentation tank, water tank, ash storage and transfer area, silos and transformers.”
Replete with 39 metres tall chimney the plant will begin daily imports of woodchip and exports of ash by late 2015.