Veolia awarded contract to operate largest biomass plant in Ireland

Veolia Energy Services, the Irish subsidiary of Veolia, has been awarded a contract worth 450 million euros to operate the largest biomass plant in Ireland, at Killala, Co. Mayo.
Veolia awarded contract to operate largest biomass plant in Ireland

The contract was awarded to Veolia by Mayo Renewable Power. The plant will be the largest independent biomass power plant in Ireland and will provide 42.5 MW of Combined Heat and Power (CHP), enough electricity to power 68,000 homes. It is scheduled to begin commercial operations in mid-2017.

Veolia will operate and maintain the plant over 15 years and will also supply the total biomass fuel for the plant which will employ technology similar to that deployed at Veolia’s biomass facilities at Merritt and Fort St. James in British Colombia, Canada, which are among the largest plants in North America. The operations and maintenance contract will also create 30 new jobs.

“This project marks a significant step on Ireland’s path towards developing sustainable energy solutions” said Estelle Brachlianoff, Senior Executive Vice President, Veolia UK and Ireland. “We are looking forward to collaborating with our project partners to deliver best in class energy management for the successful delivery of this milestone project.”

Veolia has been operating in Ireland since 1990 and currently works with industry, commercial customers and public authorities to find solutions for the sustainable management of their resources. The company specialises in optimised resource management, including the provision of water, waste and energy management solutions. It employs over 179,000 people worldwide.

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