Power firm plans £40m renewables gas plant for Belfast
Energy giant Energia Group - formerly known as Viridian - has launched plans to build a £40m anaerobic digestion plant in Belfast.
The Power NI parent company, which rebranded from Viridian in May, has said there would be 200 construction jobs involved during the building of the renewable energy plant, while 20 people would be employed when it's up and running.
The business plans to use food and garden waste to fuel the digesters. The methane gas produced will then be used to generate electricity while any by-product is expected to be dried and used as fertiliser.
The proposed nine-acre development at the North Foreshore would consist of weighbridges, an office building, waste reception areas, nine tanks and a biogas holder.
It's the group's first major anaerobic digestion plant in Northern Ireland and is a significant investment by the company.
The group is also building Energia Bioenergy, an anaerobic digestion plant in Dublin.
The Dublin plant is powered mainly by domestic waste and commercial food waste from the Dublin area.
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Energia Group is one of the biggest energy companies in Northern Ireland and the Republic, and is led by Ian Thom. Earlier this month, Mr Thom said the firm planned to spend €3bn over the next five years on projects across the all-Ireland group.
Its electricity supply company Power NI supplies electricity to around 600,000 homes and businesses across Northern Ireland.
A second electricity supply company, Energia, also supplies electricity and gas to business customers in Northern Ireland and homes and businesses in the Republic. Its retail supply business is backed by electricity generation from two combined cycle gas turbines at Huntstown in Dublin, a portfolio of wind generationa assets in Northern Ireland and the Republic, and long-term power purchase contracts with third-party renewable electricity generators.