Bord na Móna starts work on new €20m facility
Preparation work has commenced on the site of Bord na Móna's new smokeless coal facility in Foynes, Co. Limerick, which will supply the Irish market with up to 150,000 tonnes of material when fully operational.
18 August 2017 | 0
Bord na Móna has launched site preparation works for the new smokeless coal plant at Foynes, Co. Limerick. When complete, the €20m facility will produce and provide up to 150,000 tonnes of smokeless fuel to the Irish market every year.
The move comes in tandem with a ban on bituminous coal (the harmful, black substance associated with smokey fuel) implemented by the government and expected to come into full effect in the next two to three years.
Eddie Scaife, head of Bord na Mona fuels, said the organisation is delighted to be comencing work on the new facility. “The government has clear objectives around clean air,” Scaife said, “and new smokeless fuels will be a key part of meeting those aim.
“Bord na Móna is the market leader in smokeless fuels,” he added, “and this plant will see it maintain that leadership through and beyond the nationwide transition to smokeless fuel.”
The project, which is being built under a budget of €20m, will generate 80 jobs during the construction phase. The facility will also generate 25 jobs when it becomes operational, not including indirect employment arising from stevedoring, material handling and local haulage.