The Full Circle Generation Energy from Waste (EfW) facility in Belfast Harbour Estate – the first of its kind in Northern Ireland – is the latest addition to ICE's 'This is Civil Engineering' campaign. The campaign, which sees huge banners displayed on infrastructure projects, aims to show the public the link between the work taking place and the benefit to the local community.
Bouygues Energies & Services is the EPC Contractor delivering the £107 million project with an anticipated completion in 2017. When finished, the plant will be able to process up to 180,000mt of feedstock from household and commercial waste, generating 15 megawatts of energy. Ten megawatts will provide Bombardier's wing facility with a predictive source, and the other five megawatts will feed into the Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) grid.
"It is fantastic to see this cutting-edge technology in Northern Ireland, and the benefits to the environment and economy will be undeniable," said Richard Kirk, Regional Director of ICE Northern Ireland.
"As our 2016 Manifesto pointed out, we currently pay to export our waste instead of recycling and utilising it for the energy source that it is. It is encouraging to see a top company like Bombardier taking the lead in renewable energy – the hope is that the public recognises the positive impact EfW facilities can have on communities."
Primary investor Full Circle Generation Ltd is made up of a consortium of equity investors which includes RiverRidge Energy Ltd, GIB, Equitix and P3P Partners. The UK Green Investment Bank also committed £47 million to the facility.