In May 2018, Ireland’s statutory planning body An Bord Pleanála granted permission to Indaver to build a €160 million, 240,000-tonnes-a-year waste-to-energy facility at Ringaskiddy. Ringaskiddy is located on the western side of Cork Harbour and is 15 kilometres from Cork city.
The proposed facility, Resource Recovery Centre Ringaskiddy (RRCR), will be a sister site to Indaver’s facility in Meath. It will treat household, commercial, industrial, non-hazardous and suitable hazardous waste and 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.
In line with its role in the circular economy, the proposed development will safely treat residual waste that is unsuitable for reuse and recycling without the need to resort to landfill or shipping it abroad. Indaver will recover non-combustible materials such as metal from the bottom ash and send for recycling. It will produce renewable electricity for use onsite and export to the grid.
The facility will provide economic benefits to local service providers and offer waste treatment services for the industries in the region. With an investment of approximately of approximately €160 million, its development will result in 40 full time jobs and 350 jobs during construction.
The Board granted 10-year planning permission with a 30-year operational life. It concluded that the proposal adhered to European policy requirements for waste management, as well as national and regional waste and spatial planning policies.
Its proposed development is underpinned by policy as outlined by Government and the relevant statutory bodies, including:
- A Resource Opportunity – Waste Management Policy in Ireland
- Southern Region Waste Management Plan 2015-2021
- National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2014-2020
- National Planning Framework: Project Ireland 2040
- South West Regional Planning Guidelines 2010-2022
- Cork County Development Plan 2014-2020
- Ireland’s transition to a Low Carbon Energy Future 2015-2030
The project is currently the subject of a judicial review process and a decision is expected from the High Court this year.
For more information about the project, see www.ringaskiddyrrc.ie