Biomass plant will open up new opportunities for North Mayo
Biomass plant will open up new opportunities for North Mayo- The Western People
MEMBERS of Mayo County Council were delighted to receive confirmation last night (Sunday) that the country’s largest biomass power plant is destined for Mayo.
Chief executive Peter Hynes says the fact that the €180m plant will be based in Mayo is a tremendous vote of confidence in the county.
“It is a testament to the perseverance of Gerald Crotty and his team at Mayo Renewable Power and I welcome them to Mayo. I look forward to seeing the project commence in the coming weeks,” he said.
Mayo Co Council sees great potential for farmers in the region, as biomass crops will be required to create energy sources for the plant, according to Cathaoirleach Damien Ryan. “It is a major step forward for North Mayo and presents legitimate opportunities for farmers in the region,” he said.
Chief Executive of Mayo Local Enterprise Office, Joanne Grehan, noted that the new biomass power station opens up exciting possibilities for Mayo and the entire west of Ireland. “Taken with the recent announcement of fibre optic cables for Mayo, it is a positive result for the investment strategy pursued by the council,” she said.
Ballina Fine Gael Deputy Michelle Mulherin also expressed her delight that finance for the power station on the site of the former Asahi is finally over the line. “This project, alongside the transatlantic fibre optic cable to be built by Christmas in which Microsoft is a substantial investor, can have a transformative effect on the North Mayo economy bringing investment and jobs,” she said.
With these synergies, the site is now ripe for cloud computing and development of a data centre, according to Ms Mulherin. “As illustrated by the recent Apple announcement of a €850 million investment in a data centre at Athenry, these big ICT companies desire to co-locate near where there is green energy generation such as that proposed by Mayo Power,” she said.