Sugar industry mistake must not be repeated
Denis Naughten TD has welcomed comments from Minister Richard Bruton that the Government has no predetermined position on the future of the power stations in Shannonbridge and Lanesboro.
“At yesterday evening’s meeting I presented a proposal to Minister Bruton to consider the use of one or both plants for locally sourced biomass and also the possibility of converting one of the plants to run on gas,” stated Denis Naughten.
“Both options would provide for the ability to create significant number of jobs on the supply side in either providing biomass directly to the plant or providing biomass to an anaerobic digester which could provide gas to the plant.
“I pointed out that no decision should be made on decommissioning either plant until all potential future uses are considered.
“The last thing that we need is a replication of the short-sighted decision to decommission sugar beet processing facilities in Carlow and Mallow which has led to a situation where the vast majority of biofuel used for transport in Ireland is imported,” concluded Denis Naughten.
Editor’s Note: Attached copy of Denis Naughten’s proposal to Minister Bruton Fuelling Peat Plants
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