Trade body supports plans for chicken litter power station in Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Food & Drink Association has added its weight to the proposed £100m Rose Energy biomass power plant, which would see electricity generated from poultry litter.

The Rose Energy consortium – O’Kane Poultry, Moy Park and Glenfarm Holdings – has submitted a project proposal to build a 30MW power station to deal with the vast quantities of poultry litter produced by the local industry. It would deliver up to a third of Northern Ireland’s renewable energy obligations by using agricultural biomass as an energy source.

The plant will also comply with the EU Nitrates Directive restrictions on the amount of agricultural manures which can be spread on farmland.

Michael Bell, executive director of NIFDA said the poultry industry was at the “heart” of the local economy and must be protected from closure.

“The agri-food industry is the heart of the Northern Ireland’s economy, employing around 80,000 people and with an output of over £2.7bn,” he said.

“The poultry industry within Northern Ireland employs over 7000 people and it is vital that we develop industry in a sustainable manner.”

Mr Bell added that using the poultry bedding as a biomass fuel would offer a viable solution to maintaining our environment as well as providing renewable energy.