Former Tipperary mine to become green energy hub in €30m development

Former Tipperary mine to become green energy hub in €30m development

The planned development at Lisheen Mine.

There has been a warm welcome for the Lisheen development announced today by EU Commissioner Phil Hogan.

Professor Orla Feely, UCD Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact said - “I warmly welcome today’s announcement by Commissioner Phil Hogan of €22 million in funding, under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme, for AgriChemWhey, a new collaborative bioeconomy research project.”

 “AgriChemWhey has its foundations in University College Dublin’s long standing research and innovation partnership with Glanbia Ireland, and UCD's research expertise in social and environmental sustainability will be a significant component of the project.”

 “AgriChemWhey represents a fantastic opportunity for bioeconomy leaders, including UCD, Glanbia, and the other project partners, to use their expertise to implement new technologies, at industrial scale, that address global challenges. Such challenges include the sustainable conversion of by-products from the dairy processing industry into high-value products. Challenges such as this go to the heart of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”

 “The funding for the AgriChemWhey project, will not only stimulate regional economic growth in Co. Tipperary, but will also enhance Ireland’s position as a world leader in the development of the bioeconomy and provide the country with an opportunity to lead on issues central to achieving the UN SDGs.”

 

Independent Deputy Michael Lowry has confirmed that EU Commissioner Phil Hogan will today formally announce the sanction and funding for a revolutionary bio-economy research project in Tipperary led by Glanbia Ireland.

This exciting development will be based at the former Lisheen Mine Site which has been designated as a green energy hub.

This project has huge prospects for fulltime employment and it is conservatively estimated that it has the potential to create 300 permanent jobs.

The initial site preparation and construction phase of the development will employ both directly and indirectly up to 160 people.

Michael Lowry TD discusses the Lisheen Mine plan with Commissioner Phil Hogan and Minister Heather Humphreys.

The project will involve the development of a new bio-refinery and will use technology which has been developed by Glanbia Ireland. When completed the bio-refinery will help in tackling the current environmental crisis created by waste plastic across the Country and the World.

He says – “I am pleased to have made my contribution to ensure that this key development would be located at the former Lisheen Mine Site and I compliment all the agencies involved in the partnership which will deliver this significant bio-refinery project.

“I wish to thank Commissioner Phil Hogan and Minister Heather Humphreys for their support, cooperation and assistance throughout this complex and lengthy process”.