Farm Ireland

Friday 23 February 2018

Firm behind rejected green energy plant set to fight on

Declan O'Brien

Declan O'Brien

A Co Meath businessman has insisted that he aims to reapply for planning permission for a green energy production plant at Kells, despite the project being rejected by An Bord Pleanála.

Alan Fox of HDS Energy said the firm would submit a new planning application for the Balrath facility over the next few weeks.

HDS Energy manufactures industrial boilers and was recently awarded the €32m contract to build a new bio-energy plant at Rhode, Co Offaly for Biotricity. The company is also involved in a proposed wood briquette and bio-energy plant at Balrath, outside Kells.

The proposal to build a combined heat and power plant beside HDS Energy's existing site in Kells Business Park was lodged by Shamrock Renewable Fuels, a joint venture involving HDS Energy, and local contractors and growers Farrelly Brothers.

The project was rejected by An Bord Pleanála because of restricted access to the site. However, the board noted that the development met with national policy with regard to the development of alternative energy resources.

Mr Fox said Shamrock Renewable Fuels now planned to reapply for planning permission with proposals for a new entrance.

"This project is crucial for Meath. When it is built, it will attract more industry. There is a lot of talk about the smart economy and this is the smart economy. The project stretches across industry, energy and agriculture," he said.

Farrelly Brothers have 2,500ac of willow under plantation, with a further 4,000ac to 5,000ac due to be planted next year.

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