A leading energy analyst has claimed if Moneypoint power station converts from using coal to biomass, up to 200 jobs could be created and 30 years added to the life time of the facility.
At present, Moneypoint employs 190 ESB workers directly, while a number of contract companies have 250 employees on site. In the region of 100 staff at the station have retried or moved on in the last three years.
Malcolm Brown, who has 30 years experience in the energy and low-carbon economy sectors, including as head of business development at Climate Change Capital, is confident the change would also consolidate work for contractors and create a sustainable biomass industry locally, with opportunities for landowners to grow and supply timber to create biomass (wood pellets).
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