Veolia appointed operator of biomass power plant in Ireland

By Veolia | June 15, 2015

Veolia, through its subsidiary in Ireland Veolia Energy Services, has been awarded, by Mayo Renewable Power, the EUR 450 million ($507.48 million) contract over 15 years to operate a biomass power plant in Killala, Co. Mayo, in Ireland.

The plant, which will be the largest independent biomass power plant in Ireland, will provide 42.5 MW of combined-heat-and-power, enough electricity to power the equivalent of 68,000 homes. In addition to operating and maintaining the power production plant and the adjacent fuel processing plant, Veolia will also supply the total biomass fuel requirement for the facility. The plant will use similar technology to that applied at Veolia’s biomass facilities at Merritt and Fort St. James in British Colombia, Canada, which are among the largest plants in North America.

Moreover, the operations and maintenance contract will directly create 30 new jobs at the facility in Killala. The plant will be in commercial operation in mid-2017. Estelle Brachlianoff, senior executive vice president of Veolia U.K. and Ireland, said, “This project marks a significant step on Ireland’s path towards developing sustainable energy solutions. 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. It employs 500 staff across its three business activities in water, waste management and energy.