A €140million Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant is to go ahead at the former Asahi site at Killala, Co. Mayo.
The plant will be a 100MW mixed fuel combined heat and power plant and will utilise available wood from North West forests to the maximum - providing a market for the thinnings from the newly developed private forests. It will also purchase peat and wood from local fast rotation crops. A small percentage of coal will be used to complete the fuel mix. This planned local purchase of feedstock alone is estimated to be worth €20 million per annum.
Permission has been granted by An Bord Pleanála for the continued use of the existing power generation unit on site to the west of the ESB substation, which was granted for a period of five years. Planning permission was also granted for the construction of an identical type of electricity generation unit to be located to the immediate north of the existing unit.
Each unit is 36.5 metres long and 16.7 metres wide - comprising a control unit, electricity plant and equipment with a stack rising 20 metres in height.