Annual Report 2017

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Biomass

In FY17 Biomass successfully sourced 456K energy tonnes allowing for co-firing of Edenderry power station at a rate of 42%.

The future, post 2020, will see the biomass dilution rate increase to 50% which coupled with plans for a biomass briquette, will see significant volume increase year on year for Bord na Móna.

Employee insight.

Patrick believes in building strong supplier relationships.

Security of long term supply of sustainable biomass is critical to our transition away from our traditionally peat based energy and fuels businesses. I believe that building strong supplier relationships coupled with rigorous supply chain management will be key to delivering required volumes and ensuring that the Biomass team continue to make a significant financial contribution to Bord na Móna.

I enjoy the challenge associated with developing a sustainable, economically priced large scale biomass business.

Patrick Madigan
Head of Biomass

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FY17 at a glance

The continued development of the indigenous biomass log business.


The successful importation of the first shipment of African Woodchip (35,647 tonnes) to Greenore port.


The development of the technical and economic feasibility of the U.S. pellet plant project.


Continued research into biomass growing trials to determine the potential of cutaway peatland for the production of energy crops.


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Outlook

Our future requirement for biomass will be in excess of 1.5 million tonnes per annum. Work continues to develop sustainable imports and indigenous supply chains to meet this increasing demand, through:

  • The development of an Irish supply chain including: sawmill residues, pulpwood logs and energy crops.
  • Working with local growers to develop a willow growing industry with expectations to increase supply, pending a new energy crop incentive to be introduced by Government.
  • Increasing supply of pulpwood logs – from both private and public owned forestry sector.
  • Continued development of sustainable international sources of woodchip, with an emphasis on Africa.
  • Continued work on the potential investment into wood pellet manufacturing in the United States. Development of such a supply chain will ensure future long term biomass supply at a cost effective level.

We believe that our strategy presents a unique and exciting growth opportunity for Bord na Móna to become the leader in the biomass sector in Ireland, while helping achieve Government policy in relation to renewable energy.