Foynes Smokeless/Biomass Fuel Project Granted

An Bord Pleanála has recently granted planning permission for a smokeless and bio-mass based solid fuel manufacturing / packaging facility at Shannon Foynes Port, Co. Limerick. Bord na Móna currently operates a coal storage and bagging operation at this location and the planning permission allows the smokeless fuel manufacturing facility to form part of the on-site operation. The Board’s decision follows a decision to grant permission by Limerick City & County Council, which was subject to a third party appeal.

In reaching its decision, the Board took particular account of the nature, scale and location of the proposed development and it concluded that the development would be unlikely to have any significant effects on the environment, including on ecology, traffic and amenity. The Board also took account of the industrial zoning and established industrial uses in the area.

Bord na Móna is the market leader in the solid fuel market in the Republic of Ireland. The permitted development will add significantly to current smokeless coal and bio-coal manufacturing capacity in Ireland, which is not sufficient to meet market demands when the expected nationwide bituminous ban comes into effect.

McCarthy Keville O’Sullivan Limited is delighted to have led this project through the planning process, including environmental impact assessment and appropriate assessment, and we welcome the final decision to grant by An Bord Pleanála.

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