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£85m energy from waste power plant given the go ahead

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The green light has been given by the government for an £85 million waste-to-energy power plant in east Belfast.

Bombardier Aerospace, the Canadian aircraft manufacturer will use the new facility to convert 120,000 tonnes of non-recyclable industrial and commercial waste into electricity and heat through the gasification process which heats the waste to produce a gas fuel which is used to create steam that creates electricity.

130 construction jobs are expected to be created in the short-term, with approximately 20 permanent skilled jobs once completed.

Environment Minister Mark H Durkan said: “This is good news for Bombardier’s workforce. The new plant will help Bombardier to reduce electricity costs, maintain its competiveness within international markets and safeguard employment.”

 

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