Planning permission for an 80,000 tonne per year gasification plant has been granted by Northern Ireland Environment Minister Alex Attwood.
Energos plan to build the advanced conversion facility at the former Burn House Rendering facility that will use residual waste to generate 7MW of electricity.
Around 60 per cent of the electricity generated by Energos’ gasification process will be renewable energy generated from biomass and will qualify for double Renewable Obligation Certificates.
Alex Attwood said: “This facility will provide a boost for the Lisburn area, creating construction jobs in the short term and permanent skilled jobs once completed. I am a firm supporter of energy from waste opportunities and of alternative, more environmentally sustainable energy plans.
“This facility will deal with our waste, prevent landfill and create renewable energy.”
Energos managing director Nick Dawber said: “This is an environmentally responsible, community-sized solution for local waste that would otherwise fill up landfill sites and emit damaging greenhouse gases.
“Our technology has the flexibility to accept a variety of wastes to provide an adaptable resource that can cater for changing community requirements over the years.
“We look forward to working with partners to bring this project to fruition.”