The Tyrone Energy Biomass Power Station is a £9.5 million investment in renewable energy located at a site in the village of Artigarvan near Strabane, County Tyrone. The station is Northern Ireland’s first large scale ‘wood to energy’ plant,it began full commercial operations in 2012 and will use 25,000 tonnes of wood a year as its biomass fuel. Taking wood from a variety of sustainable sources in the UK, the plant is capable of generating around 2.1 MW of electricity – enough to power the village.
One hundred per cent of the total energy required to run the station will derive from recycled timber- much of which would normally be sent to landfill. It will help in the battle against climate change by saving 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions a year compared to a fossil fuel power station with a similar capacity - the equivalent to the CO2 emissions of 5,000 vehicles a year. Around 100 jobs were created during an 18 month construction period and the facility has created 8 permanent new jobs within Tyrone Energy Ltd. The station will also create additional job opportunities within the wood recycling and transport sectors.
The Tyrone Energy Biomass Power Station has been designed to meet all current and foreseeable European emissions targets by applying Best Available Technology (BAT). Almost £3.6 million of the investment came from a Government grant made under the European Regional Development Fund and is helping the country meet its long-term target of achieving a 60 per cent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2050. The Government is looking for renewable energy schemes to meet 20 per cent of the UK’s energy needs by 2020.
Tim Traill, Tyrone Energy’s Managing Director, said: “This investment is extremely good news for the people of the North West in general. It sustains jobs and plays a part in helping the Government meet the UK’s climate change and greenhouse gas reduction targets. This investment is a real demonstration of faith in the future regarding the Renewable sector and will put the North West firmly on the map.”