ABP set to in­vest in a re­new­able en­ergy plant

Belfast Telegraph - - BUSINESS - BY ELLIE DON­NELLY

LARRY Good­man-owned ABP Food Group, which op­er­ates a large plant in Newry, says it will in­vest in a €24.5m (£22m) waste-to-en­ergy plant in the UK through its re­new­able en­ergy di­vi­sion Ol­leco.

The plant will pro­duce enough sus­tain­able en­ergy to power the equiv­a­lent of 12,000 homes.

Ol­leco re­cently opened a 15 megawatt Anaer­o­bic Di­ges­tion fa­cil­ity in Buck­ing­hamshire in Eng­land.

The fa­cil­ity is lo­cated ad­ja­cent to the Arla dairy, al­low­ing the dairy to be­come a zero car­bon milk pro­cess­ing fa­cil­ity.

Robert Be­han, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Ol­leco, de­scribed the new fa­cil­ity as an “ex­cel­lent” ex­am­ple of the cir­cu­lar econ­omy in ac­tion, with mul­ti­ple sup­ply chain part­ners work­ing to­gether to de­liver a sus­tain­able out­come.

“This state of the art Ol­leco fa­cil­ity will con­vert in ex­cess of 100,000 tonnes of waste into heat, power and bio-meth­ane for ex­port to the na­tional grid, and bio-fer­tiliser for both of ABP Food Group’s and Arla’s farmer sup­pli­ers,” Mr Be­han said.

Mr Be­han went on to say that sus­tain­abil­ity was a key pri­or­ity across the ABP Food Group.

Ol­leco, which em­ploys over 600 peo­ple across the UK, col­lects waste food and cook­ing oil from the re­tail and food ser­vice sec­tor and then con­verts this waste into bio diesel, bio gas and bio fer­tiliser.

In 2015, ABP opened the world’s first cer­ti­fied car­bon neu­tral abat­toir in Shrop­shire in Eng­land, where waste ma­te­rial from the food pro­cess­ing op­er­a­tion is used in con­junc­tion with used cook­ing oil to pro­vide the en­ergy re­quire­ments on site.

ABP is the largest beef pro­ces­sor in Ire­land and the UK and em­ploys 10,000 peo­ple, with 49 man­u­fac­tur­ing plants in Ire­land, UK, Den­mark, Poland, Aus­tria, Hol­land, France and Spain.

In June, North­ern Ire­land agri co-op Fane Val­ley an­nounced it was ex­tend­ing its joint ven­ture with ABP Food Group. Their re­la­tion­ship is now to in­clude Lin­den Foods, the meat pro­cess­ing busi­ness of Fane Val­ley.

Lin­den Foods is a fresh meat pro­ces­sor with fa­cil­i­ties in Dun­gan­non and Bur­radon in Eng­land. It also owns Ket­tyle Ir­ish Foods in Co Fer­managh. Dawn Meats has also en­tered into a joint ven­ture with North­ern Ire­land firm Dun­bia.

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