Anaerobic digestion plant in north Belfast recommended for approval

Giants Park is located on the North Foreshore of Belfast Lough. Picture Mal McCann.
Ryan McAleer

A BID by energy group Viridian’s to build a £40 million anaerobic digestion plant in north Belfast has been recommended for approval by planning officials.

The company has earmarked a nine-acre site at ‘Giant’s Park’ for the biogas operation, just northwest of the City Council’s waste station at Dargan Road.

It’s expected to create 22 full-time jobs once operational, with around 350 jobs involved in the construction process.

Viridian has said the plant has been designed to generate up to 4.1MW of renewable energy from up around 100,000 tonnes of organic material per year.

The material is expected to comprise food and garden waste, producing 5-8,000 tonnes of digestate.

Waste from brown bins will be processed in a separate line, with the leftover material potentially sold as fertilizer. The rest will go to landfill.

The project itself will include nine tanks, a biogas holder, weighbridges, waste reception areas and an office development.

A report recommending the project be granted planning approval will be considered by Belfast City Council on Tuesday.

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