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Attwood gives go-ahead for an Energy from Waste gasification plant in Lisburn

Published on Tue, 9 Jul 2013 by
Environment Minister Alex Attwood today announced planning permission for an Energy from Waste (EfW) gasification plant in Lisburn.
The site, at the former Burn House Rendering facility to the west of Lisburn will convert 80,000 tonnes of mixed waste each year into electricity and heat. This is through the gasification process which heats the waste to produce a synthetic gas fuel which in turn is used to produce steam which is used to create electricity.

Alex Attwood 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.

“Whilst I am currently consulting on an ambitious 60% target of waste being recycled by 2020, there is still a need for facilities to deal with waste that is not recyclable. This proposal achieves the right balance in planning terms, is good for the economy and a better option for the environment.”

This is a further Article 31 (major planning application) decision. Of those Article 31 applications the Minister inherited two years ago, two thirds have been decided.

The Minister concluded: “This decision is further evidence of my determination to clear the backlog of planning applications and demonstrate a more fit for purpose planning system. Whether it is acceptance or refusal, these decisions bring clarity and certainty for all involved.”

Notes to editors:

1. The Article 31 major application was valid 23 February 2010.

2. The development is by Lisburn Energy Recovery Ltd.

3. The full planning permission is for a proposed Energy from Waste (EfW) gasification plant including energy recovery buildings with office/workshop, waste reception hall, waste bunker, fuel bunker, boiler house/CHP (Combined, Heat and Power) room and stack; weighbridge; fencing; cycle shelter; landscaping; sustainable urban systems with escape bridge; turbine generator building; air cooled condenser and associated infrastructure including car parking.

4. The application was dealt with by the Department of Environment’s Strategic Planning Division.

5. The site will take waste from agriculture, industry, construction and demolition waste and municipal waste.

6. For all media enquiries contact DOE Press Office Tel: 028 9025 6058. Out of office hours, call the Executive Information Service’s Duty Press Officer on 07699 715440 and your call will be returned.
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