Renewable energy plant work begins
Work on the largest renewable energy plant in Northern Ireland begins in Derry today.
The £81 million combined heat and power producer will burn wood and create enough energy to power 25,000 homes and businesses in the north west when it begins operating in summer 2015. It will support 18 permanent jobs plus 200 construction posts and is the first of its kind in Ireland.
Ciaran Devine, co-founder of the firm behind the development, said: "We are making a serious commitment to the Northern Ireland energy market.
"Working with the best partners in technology, fuel supply and financing, we hope to show that Northern Ireland is a great place to do business so that further inward investment will follow."
The plant is being built on a Londonderry Port and Harbour Commissioners site at Lisahally and is the brainchild of Evermore Renewable Energy, a company established by Ciaran and Stephen Devine three years ago.