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£7m bio energy plant plan is put on the back burner

By Michael Drake

Published 11/10/2005

Plans for a £7m bio energy plant, which was to be built in Fermanagh, have been put on hold.

Plans for a £7m bio energy plant, which was to be built in Fermanagh, have been put on hold.

The decision has dealt a body blow to over forty livestock farmers who were signed up to supply animal waste to the facility.

But it will be welcomed by local residents who objected to the proposal.

Today Biogas (Ireland) Limited revealed its proposed development of a centralised anaerobic digestion plant at Tattinfree, Fermanagh, will not be progressed at this time.

It had intended to convert farm slurry and waste from the agri-food processing industry into a source of renewable energy.

Biogas spokesman Mervyn McCaughey said: "We are naturally disappointed this project will not be going ahead at this time.

"Although a small number of misinformed protesters have done everything in their power to discredit the tried and tested technology behind it, this is a truly innovative project that would bring very real benefits to the local community.

"Unfortunately, the trustees of the Colebrooke Estate, owners of the land at Tattinfree, have decided not to proceed with an agreement to sell their site for the project.

"Although other suitable sites have been identified by Biogas Ireland, the company is unable to secure another site and prepare a full planning application and supporting Environmental Impact Statement within the timescale laid down under the terms and conditions of its EU funding."

Early last year the project was awarded funding of £3.12m from the EU against a total project cost of £7m.

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