Ryan Brothers in Thurles are at an advanced stage of preparation to apply for planning permission for a state of the art, futuristic energy centre on the site of Galmoy Mines in a project which has the potential to create hundreds of jobs.
The energy centre will be built, using cutting edge technology, to produce heat and electricity through an anaerobic digestive plant, and the hope is to resurrect the sugar beet industry in Tipperary, Kilkenny and Laois in the process.
Ryan Brothers, one of the regions most prominent privately owned waste collection companies, have been in consultation with Lundin, the company which owns the Galmoy Mine, and have agreed to purchase the 90 acre industrial site at Galmoy. They have undertaken extensive research & development and are committed to investing substantially in the project should Kilkenny County Council give it the go ahead.
Recently they have been in further discussions with Lundin and others with regard to the revival of a sugar beet industry - 50,000 or so available acres for sugar beet production could be utilised in the renewable energy creation process on the site to produce ethanol and other non sugar products.
Full story in this week's Tipperary Star.