Energia Group agrees €50 million bioenergy contract with Ireland waste firm Panda

Written by: Jo Gallacher | Published:
Panda MD Brian McCabe with Energia Group's Garrett Donnellan

Irish energy provider Energia Group has agreed a new €50 million deal with waste and recycling firm Panda to process 70,000 tonnes of organic waste.

The waste from Panda’s Greater Dublin collection services will be dealt with at Energia’s new bioenergy plant, currently in its commissioning phases at Huntstown in north County Dublin.

Waste will be converted into methane-rich biogas, using anaerobic digestion, to generate renewable electricity.

Once fully operational, the plant is expected to produce 4.8 Megawatts of electricity per hour, making it one of the largest anaerobic digestion plants on the island of Ireland.

Work is underway to connect the new plant to the national grid’s electricity distribution system.

Garrett Donnellan, head of corporate development at Energia Group, said: “To date we have invested over €1 billion in the energy market across the island of Ireland. Energia’s new Huntstown Bioenergy Plant is indicative of our continued commitment to the development of green and renewable energy sources for the communities that we serve.”

The Panda agreement will represent 70% of the overall capacity of the Huntstown plant.

Brian McCabe, managing director of Panda, added: “The conversion of Waste to Energy through the use of anaerobic digestion is one of the most innovative, logical and clean methods of energy production which is sustainable in terms of waste management, reduces greenhouse gas emissions and provides power for homes, businesses and our economy.”

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