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An Taisce’s had raised concerns over the sustainability of the source of biomass for the proposed 50MW, all biomass, high efficiency (combined Heat and Power) CHP project.

However, yesterday (June 30) Mayo Renewable Power (MRP) promised to guarantee the sustainability of locally sourced biomass.

As a result An Taisce agreed to drop its objection to the planning permission that has already been granted for the plant by Mayo County Council.

An Taisce’s chairman, Charles Stanley-Smith, said: “We are pleased Mayo Renewable Power’s leadership was responsive to our requests to assure environmental sustainability on this project.

“We recognise the importance of this plant and its jobs to the economic and social sustainability of the area and are pleased that the project now incorporates a greater commitment to environmental sustainability objectives as well.”

Mayo Renewable Power project manager, David Shaffer, said: “Mayo Renewable Power is pleased to reach this agreement with An Taisce and to include its conditions in the planning process.

“This plant will be a world class biomass project and represents significant foreign direct investment of both treasure and technology. The agreement today makes it an even better project.”
Luke Walsh

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