Construction of a multi-million pound renewable energy plant on the outskirts of Derry has been hailed as a “tremendous jobs boost” for the city.
Evermore Renewable Energy’s £81million wood-fuelled power station at Derry’s Port and Harbour site at Lisahally will employ 200 workers during its construction and a further 18 once it becomes operational in 2015.
Work got underway on site yesterday with the combined heat and power (CHP) plant - the first of its kind in Ireland - expected to be completed mid 2015.
Evermore Renewable Energy was established by Derry entrepreneurs Ciaran and Stephen Devine three years ago.
The company aims to produce enough electricity to supply more than 25,000 homes.
Ciaran Devine, co-founder of Evermore said the Derry plant was “a serious commitment to the Northern Ireland energy market.”
“Working with the best partners in technology, fuel supply and financing we hope to show that Northern Ireland is a great place to do business so that further inward investment will follow,” he said.
Derry’s MP Mark Durkan said:“I am delighted that Evermore Renewable Energy has decided to locate its energy power plant in this part of the North, which provides a tremendous jobs boost for people living here.”