Tánaiste Announces BioSpark to Create 180 New Green Jobs
Friday, 15 May 2009
- 20,000 tonne per annum bio-processing facility, utilising next generation technologies and techniques for the conversion of organic material such as straw and wood biomass into multiple high value bio-based products such as ethanol, lactic acid, lignin, methane and hydrogen
- state-of-the-art laboratory facilities for bio-processing research and innovation
- 60,000 tonne per annum wood pellet production facility, which will be the largest and most advanced on the island of Ireland
- 20MWth/5MWe CHP plant which will be fired on biomass and connected to the national grid via a sub-station in close proximity to the site
- 17 commercial units to house a cluster of related business ventures.
- 120 jobs during construction
- 80 full-time positions post-construction – mostly high skilled, engineering roles engaged in R&D, manufacturing and operations management
- 100 upstream jobs in harvesting, transportation and supply chain management
- a further potential 120 high value jobs at the BioSpark Claremorris centre within three years of its completion, as new business ventures are spun off
- €18m yearly spend on locally sourced goods and services
- significant Intellectual Property (IP) relating to process enhancements as well as new product developments, which will be primarily coordinated through the Energy Research Centre at NUI Galway
- significant displacement of imported fossil fuels and fossil fuel derived products
- ready availability of green energy to the Claremorris area to support further inward investment in commercial, industrial and residential developments, similar to well-established district heating schemes in countries like Sweden and Finland.