Xergi has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for a novel biogas power project in Northern Ireland. The 3 MW capacity plant will use up to 40 000 tonnes per annum of chicken manure only, possibly making it the world's first-of-its-kind plant.
Denmark-headed biogas technology specialists Xergi A/S has announced that it has been awarded the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) and operations and maintenance (O&M) contracts for a novel biogas power plant project currently under construction in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
The £23.3 million (≈ EUR 27.4 million) 3 MW capacity project is being developed by Stream BioEnergy Ltd, an experienced AD project developer in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and is expected to be one of the first plants in the world to be fuelled solely by poultry litter.
The project is being co-financed by funds, £8.7 million and £4.4 million, managed by Foresight Group, an independent infrastructure and private equity investment management company, £8.7 million from Invest Northern Ireland, a regional business development agency and £1.5 million from Xergi that will also be a shareholder in the project.
Potential for poultry producers
One of the intentions of the project is to handle chicken litter in a way that protects the environment and improves on the traditional practice of spreading untreated litter on land.
– Nutrients such as phosphorus and nitrogen are easily absorbed by the plants in the field, once the litter has been through the biogas process. This minimises the risk of the nutrients washing out from the fields into watercourses and causing an adverse impact on the environment which is happening at the moment, explained Jørgen Ballermann, CEO for Xergi in a statement.
Due to the specific combination of nutrients in chicken litter, it has until now been necessary to keep the amount of chicken litter processed in biogas plants at a low level and mixed with other feedstock types. Xergi claims that it has created a process that makes it possible to run biogas plants solely on chicken litter as the only input feedstock.
– Our new process combines knowhow and technology that has been developed over the last decade and it will provide a significant opportunity for the poultry industry not just in Northern Ireland but throughout the world. I’m proud that we have now made it possible for poultry producers to contribute to a significant production of sustainable energy in the form of biogas and green fertiliser, said Jørgen Ballermann.