5m wood-fuelled system for Aurivo
Aurivo is to invest €5m on a new wood-fuelled energy system at its dairy ingredients plant at Ballaghaderreen, Co Roscommon, as part of a drive to cut its carbon emissions by 50pc.
Construction on the new biomass plant will begin this week, with a 500t crane arriving at the Aurivo plant in Ballaghaderreen today. The biomass plant will use 30,000t of woodchip per annum and displace 5m litres of heavy fuel oil. The components, weighing more than 200t, were transported from Kells to Ballaghaderreen in a Garda-escorted convoy and will be assembled using a 500t crane.
The move will see Aurivo become the first large scale milk processor in the country to switch to biomass as a source of energy. The plant will be used to process 300m litres of milk annually into enriched milk powders, butter and dairy ingredients to be sold in 20 countries, including fast-growing markets in Africa.
The new plant, which will be operational in April 2014, will have an output of 15MW of steam energy. Ultimately, it will be developed into a combined heat and power (CHP) plant and by 2016 Aurivo plans to be exporting energy into the national electricity grid.
Aurivo chief executive Aaron Forde said the new plant provided a long-term, sustainable energy solution for its dairy ingredients business, which is supplied by 1,000 dairy farmers in the west, north west and midlands. The plant was designed and manufactured by Irish company, HDS Energy, based in Kells, Co Meath.