Green light for energy from waste power plant
A waste recycling facility in Lisburn has been granted planning permission by Stormont's Environment Minister, Alex Attwood.
The energy from waste gasification plant will be built at the site of the former Burnhouse factory on Moira Road.
It will have the ability to convert 80,000 tonnes of mixed waste into electricity and heat each year.
Mr Attwood said he backed energy from waste as a way of meeting EU targets and generating sustainable energy.
The minister said: "This facility will provide a boost for the Lisburn area creating construction jobs in the short-term and permanent skilled jobs once completed.
"I am a firm supporter of energy from waste opportunities and of alternative, more environmentally sustainable energy plans.
"This facility will deal with our waste, prevent landfill and create renewable energy."
The plant will operate by heating waste to produce a gas that is used to generate steam.
The steam then drives a turbine that creates electricity.
A company report envisaged 30 direct jobs and 30 indirect jobs in support services.
The plant will operate 24 hours a day, with waste deliveries taking place from 7am-7pm on weekdays.
It is envisaged 30 lorries a day will use the facility.