Belfast City Council to hear plans for new £280m power station

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  • Belfast City Council’s planning committee is to hear proposals for a brand new £280m power station, which would produce enough energy to power up to half of Northern Ireland’s homes.

    A gas-fired power plant is under development at Belfast Harbour by Irish firm Evermore. Co-founded by Ciaran Devine, the firm’s application will be decided by the Department for Infrastructure.

    It is believed that the new power station could take up to two-and-a-half years to build.

    Evermore have submitted a detailed plan for the development, with Belfast Power Ltd submitting proposals to develop a combined-cycle gas turbine power station at the Belfast Harbour estate’s Airport Road West.

    It is claimed that this separate development could require an underground gas pipeline connection, with above-ground gas installations.

    Belfast City Council’s planning committee will be given the opportunity to scrutinise the new scheme, which will then be passed on to the Department of Infrastructure.

    The announcements come less than a year after a Westminster committee report claimed that Northern Ireland will require more green energy than is currently produced by 2021.

     

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