Mayo Power Station to create 350 new jobs

Posted by | June 08, 2015 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Up to 350 construction jobs are set to be created in Killala, Co Mayo. Building will begin this month with an investment of €180 million. The plant will be fuelled by woodchip biomass and will produce enough electricity to power 68,000 homes. Another 30 full-time posts will be filled when the plant in Killala, on the site of the old Asahi factory, opens in two years. Construction group John Sisk & Son will build the plant.
“This investment is a vote of confidence in the Irish economy and is part of the recovery that is beginning to spread to every region of Ireland,” said Mr Kenny.
“It will be the largest biomass power station to have been built in this country to date and will contribute to reducing our greenhouse emissions.
“The overarching objective of the Government’s energy policy is to ensure secure and sustainable supplies of competitively priced energy to all consumers.”
Much of the biomass fuel for the plant will initially be imported, but the plant will also take willow and miscanthus – fuel crops that can be grown by local farmers.
Mr Kenny said more than 100 people will be employed indirectly in growing, harvesting, transport and other ancillary services associated with the plant.
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