LOAN TO HELP BUILD DONEGAL WASTE PLANT IS FAR FROM ‘CHICKEN FEED’

first_imgStormont will loan more than €10m for the construction of a digester plant in Ballybofey.The Northern Ireland government is to loan £9.3m towards the cost of a plant in Co Donegal to help deal with waste from Northern Ireland’s poultry industry.The anaerobic digester is being built near Ballybofey and will treat 25,000 tonnes every year.Biogas produced will be sent to Northern Ireland to help heat and power factories owned by manufacturing companies Bombardier and Montupet. The BBC reports today that the Northern Ireland Executive loan covers 40% of the £23m capital cost.The by-product from the process, called digestate, will be spread in forestry and on land near the plant.The agri-food industry said the absence of a long-term solution to the poultry waste problem threatened “the sector’s viability”.About 6,000 people work in the poultry meat sector in Northern Ireland and it is a major contributor to the economy. But finding a solution to the 270,000 tonnes of waste it produces a year has been a headache.Some of it is spread as fertiliser on fields, but it is high in phosphorous and Northern Ireland already has phosphorous-rich soils.The by-product from the process, called digestate, will be spread in forestry and on land near the plant.That means there is a danger that additional land spreading could lead to excess phosphorous running off into rivers or lakes and causing damage.The European Union has rules against that, which Northern Ireland must comply with. That is one of the reasons why the treatment plant is being built in the Republic of Ireland.The soil where the digestate will be spread has lower levels of phosphorous and can cope with the additional nutrients.The plant at Ballybofey already has planning permission and is licensed by the Republic of Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency.Built by Williams Industrial Services, specialists from Mallusk in County Antrim, it is expected to be operational by March 2017. LOAN TO HELP BUILD DONEGAL WASTE PLANT IS FAR FROM ‘CHICKEN FEED’ was last modified: March 7th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalpoultryStormontwastelast_img read more