MNI Welcomes £85m Energy Plant Approval At Bombardier
Manufacturing NI welcomes the decision by Minister for the Environment, Mark Durkan to planning permission for a new £85million Energy from Waste (EfW) gasification plant at Bombardier Aerospace in Belfast.
Stephen Kelly, CEO of Manufacturing NI said “The approval of this huge investment will support Bombardier Aerospace’s long-term commitment to Northern Ireland and its workforce of 6000. It is essential so that they can maintain competitiveness and will provide a high degree of energy independence for the company with the added benefits of reducing its carbon footprint and the amount of Northern Ireland’s waste going to landfill”.
He continued “such a large proposed investment demonstrates the importance that industry attaches to reducing the impact of Northern Ireland’s high energy costs on competitiveness. The Utility Regulator has confirmed we have the 2nd highest electricity costs in Europe (apart from Italy) and once Bombardier come ‘off grid’ their contribution towards transmission and distribution will need to be met by both business and domestic consumers.
We believe that Northern Ireland can be the most competitive region in Europe to do business so we continue to ask the Executive and Assembly, which have the growth of the private sector as a priority for the economy, why are bills so high and what are they proposing to do to ensure that all customers have reasonable energy costs”.