Irish biomass CHP plant to go ahead after objection withdrawn

An Taisce, the Republic of Ireland's National Trust, has withdrawn its objection to a biomass-fuelled cogeneration power plant.

An Taisce's had raised concerns over the sustainability of the source of biomass for the proposed 50 MW, all biomass, high-efficiency CHP project.

But at the end f last month, Mayo Renewable Power promised to guarantee the sustainability of locally sourced biomass. As a result An Taisce agreed to drop its objection to the planning permission that has already been granted for the plant by Mayo County Council.

Charles Stanley-Smith, An Taisce's chairman,said: "We recognise the importance of this plant and its jobs to the economic and social sustainability of the area and are pleased that the project now incorporates a greater commitment to environmental sustainability objectives as well."

Mayo Renewable Power project manager, David Shaffer, said: "This plant will be a world class biomass project and represents significant foreign direct investment of both [money] and technology. The agreement today makes it an even better project."

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