Concern aired over proposed  Anaerobic Digestion plant outside Omagh

Connie Duffy

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Connie Duffy

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connie.duffy@tyronecon.co.uk

Families living on the Doogary Road area outside Omagh are preparing for a campaign to halt a proposed Anaerobic Digestion (AD) plant near to their homes.

Objections included planning and environmental issues such as concerns over "obnoxious smells", traffic problems, noise pollution and its "eyesore" appearance.

Anaerobic digesters use organic material like slurry and silage to produce methane gas which is then burned to produce renewable electricity. A 500Kw capacity plant can earn up to half a million pounds a year in subsidy. It is understood that there are approximately 89 anaerobic digester plants in Northern Ireland.

According to documents on the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council site, the proposed development of the 500kW Anaerobic Digestion (AD) Plant, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant, Silage Clamps and Digestate Store is to be based at  Doogary Road, Omagh.

A spokesperson for the residents that may be affected, Dr Kimberley Allen said at least 13 locals had submitted objections and she was confident more would follow when the full facts of the development became clearer.

Full report in this week's Tyrone Constitution newspaper...

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