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Bord na Móna and Coillte sign landmark biomass supply deal for Edenderry

In Ireland, Bord na Móna and Coillte have recently announced a "landmark" supply agreement whereby 240 000 tonnes of residual biomass from Coillte will be provided to Edenderry Power station over the next three years. This will help Edenderry Power to strengthen its position as the largest renewable on-demand electricity generator in Ireland.

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Tom Egan, Manager of Bord na Móna Powergen Operations, with Clodagh O’Reilly, Sales &
Supply Chain Director at Coillte (photo courtesy Bord na Móna).

Bord na Móna, the Irish semi-state peat resources company began co-firing with biomass at its 128 MWe peat-fired Edenderry Power Station in 2008. Since then biomass volumes have increased year-on-year with a view to phasing out peat by 2030.

Sustainably produced biomass will play a key role in Ireland’s transition from a fossil-fuel based economy to a low-carbon economy, helped by the Edenderry Power plan to be supplying 100 percent renewable energy by 2024. We at Edenderry Power are proud of our record in securing biomass from Irish suppliers and particularly welcome this landmark arrangement with Coillte. We are trying to maximise our supplies from within Ireland and these supplies from Coillte are a very significant addition to our existing valued Irish supplies, as well as those from new Irish suppliers which we are looking to partner with going forward, said Tom Egan, Manager of Bord na Móna Powergen Operations

Ireland’s national forestry company Coillte is the country’s largest forest owner and has a forest estate of approximately 440 000 ha. In February 2017, the European Investment Bank (EIB) approved a EUR 90 million long-term loan to Coillte to finance the cost of planting, forest management, and forest road construction and maintenance.

We recognise that Bord na Móna is on an exciting journey from fossil fuels to renewable energy and we are very pleased to be working with them. While the vast majority of our timber is used for the creation of timber products, this residue material has limited alternative use and provides a valuable fuel source. We also recognise the value in contributing to the economic growth agenda in rural Ireland as well as towards important environmental targets – common objectives to both Bord na Móna and Coillte, said Clodagh O’Reilly, Sales & Supply Chain Director at Coillte.

The Irish Climate Action Plan 2019 commits to planting 22 million trees every year for the next 20 years. As part of this action plan, Coillte is already cooperating with Bord na Móna, to transform 1 500 ha of former peat production land into native woodland over the next three years.

Stockpiling woodchips at Bord na Móna’s Edenderry power station.

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