A €255 million investment in a renewable energy project in Killala that could be a springboard for the economic development of North Mayo is being put at risk because of an inexplicable delay in granting licences by the Energy Regulator (CRU), Mayo Fine Gael Senator Michelle Mulherin has warned.
Senator Mulherin claims that new investors are on board to complete The Mayo Renewable Project, a 45 megawatt high efficiency combined heat and power plant, that has been in limbo since 2016 when technical difficulties saw one of the investors in the project pull out.
The Senator pressed the Regulation of Utilities Water and Energy (CRU) at the Joint Oireachtas Committee on Climate Action to prioritise this project.
She told Midwest news today that there is a new developer for the biomass-fuelled power plant project, located at the former Asahi site in Killala. The new promoters are trying to replicate the exact same project - the same design, the same proposition, she says.
Also she understands that there has been no regulatory change to the project. There are four consents needed from four separate authorities for works to resume. The new developers have succeeded in getting consent from Mayo County Council in relation to the planning permission, the EPA and ESB Networks.
In relation to the CRU, an application was made in June for the consents that are required and Senator Mulherin has called on CRU to expedite the remaining consents and licenses.