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Natural Power secures Biotricity Biomass contract in Ireland

International renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has been awarded its first biomass contract in Ireland.

The contract will see Natural Power provide Owners Engineer services for Biotricity Ltd on its Rhode Biomass Plant in Co. Offaly, Ireland. The €80mn 16.3MWe biomass Plant is planned to be fuelled by straw and willow grown by Irish farmers, and will be designed to a high-efficiency combined heat and power (CHP) plant, in accordance with the requirements of the REFIT scheme. A separate timber processing facility will be constructed adjacent to the power plant and will consume heat from the biomass CHP plant.

The facility is expected to generate enough energy to meet the requirements of 5500 homes and will displace the equivalent of 66,000 tonnes of CO2 annually. Natural Power will perform the role of Owner’s Engineer during the detailed design, procurement and construction of the complete plant, which is expected to last for a period of approximately two years.

Natural Power opened its Irish office in Sandyford, Dublin earlier this year following more than fifteen years of consulting work in the region. Marc Lamphiere, Senior Project Manager in Ireland said: “We are delighted that after opening our Irish office in March, we have already secured this great deal with Biotricity.  It is great to work on a local project which will help secure Ireland’s sustainable energy future.”

Declan Kennedy, Biotricity Managing Director said the biomass plant will create over 265 jobs for the local community and help Ireland achieve its renewable energy targets. “This is a significant Irish success story: of our Capex of €80 million, approx 80%, or €64 million is going to Irish Engineering companies. During the operation of the plant in excess of €11 million per annum will be spent on fuel stocks and salaries. This figure will increase in line with inflation and has to be seen as a significant boost for the rural economy.”

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