An update on the Rose Energy biomass plant was the subject at the Northern Ireland Grain Trade Association’s quarterly meeting.

Osvaldo Mauro-Hun, Chief Executive, RoseEnergy was guest speaker at this months NI Grain Trade Association meeting in Holywood and is pictured with Declan Billington, NIGTA President and Willis Mackey, NIGTA.
Osvaldo Mauro-Hun, Chief Executive, RoseEnergy was guest speaker at this months NI Grain Trade Association meeting in Holywood and is pictured with Declan Billington, NIGTA President and Willis Mackey, NIGTA.

Osvaldo Mauro-Hun, Chief Executive, outlined the benefits of the scheme, not only for the poultry industry, but for the entire agri food industry and for jobs in Northern Ireland. The poultry industry is Northern Ireland’s second biggest industry and accounts for around 7,000 jobs. The environmental benefits were also emphasised as the plant will help Northern Ireland to meet the dictates of the European Nitrates Directive.

Osvaldo said “We have spent over six years researching and developing our proposals and have worked with planning and environmental experts to ensure that our planning application is robust and thorough. We look forward to now making our plans a reality and securing the future of the local agrifood industry.”

He went on to point out that similar plants have been operating in America and England for many years with no adverse effects on public health, farming or the environment.

Osvaldo concluded: “We welcome the government’s recent announcement of its intention to approve the Rose Energy plant. This is a win-win project and has received widespread support from across the agri and business sectors as such.”