Indaver Lodges Planning Application for Waste-to-Energy Facility in Ringaskiddy, Cork
The infrastructure in question is a 240,000 tonnes per annum waste-to-energy facility for the treatment of household, commercial, industrial, non hazardous and suitable hazardous waste. The facility will generate approximately 18.5MW of electricity for export to the national electrical grid. This will be enough to supply the power needs of approximately 30,000 households. That’s enough electricity to power the equivalent of the combined households of Carrigaline, Cobh, Midleton, Mallow, Youghal, Bandon, Fermoy, and Passage West.
The recent changes to waste management and development plans show that Ireland has an infrastructural gap, and that we need to become more self-sufficient in managing our waste and start treating waste as a resource. In 2014, Indaver alone exported more than 180,000 tonnes of residual MSW from the Southern Waste Region, waste which was used to produce electricity and heat elsewhere in Europe. Such reliance on export is not sustainable.
“We believe that Indaver’s proposed development, valued at €160 million, is the type of strategic infrastructure Ireland needs. Our waste-to-energy technology treats non-recyclable waste as a resource and recovers electricity and other valuable materials from it. Waste-to-energy produces an indigenous energy resource,” says John Ahern, Indaver’s MD.
With both European and national expertise in waste management solutions, Indaver has the knowledge and experience to deliver this project. Indaver built and has successfully operated Ireland’s first large-scale incinerator with energy recovery in Duleek, Co Meath for four years. Since 2011, the Meath Waste-to-Energy Facility has treated over 800,000 tonnes of waste, produced electricity for 125,000 houses, given €950,000 to the community fund and employed 42 staff. The Cork facility is based on this model.
The proposed development will support Ireland’s pharmachem sector, and the site is located close to the large pharmaceutical companies that need the waste treatment services the centre will provide.
There is also the potential for the development of a district heating network in the future. There are a number of significant industrial facilities that have large and constant process heat requirements located within 3 km of the site. District heating is not part of the current proposal due to funding and regulatory uncertainty. However, full flexibility will be built into the design to facilitate its operation for both heat and electricity production if it became possible to progress with the heating supply network.
(Pictured: artist’s impression of the proposed development next to Hammond Lane Ltd.)
The planning application can be viewed and downloaded from a standalone website: http://ringaskiddyrrc.ie
For more information about the project, contact your key account manager.
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