Waste and bioenergy

Northern Ireland’s largest energy from waste plant secures backing from UK Green Investment Bank

05 Nov 2015


  • UK Green Investment Bank plc invests £47m in £107m Belfast EfW plant
  • The facility – the largest project of its kind to be financed in Northern Ireland – will have the capacity to generate enough power for 14,500 homes 
  • The project will create approximately 250 construction jobs and around 20 in operations 

UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) has today committed £47m of equity to a new £107m Energy from Waste (EfW) plant in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The facility will be located adjacent to Bombardier’s wing facility in the city’s Harbour Estate.

GIB has made its investment in the 14.85 MW plant as part of a joint venture – Full Circle Generation – with developer RiverRidge Energy Limited, Equitix and P3P Partners.

The plant, which will be fuelled by feedstock derived from household and commercial waste, is the largest EfW project to be financed in Northern Ireland. It will generate approximately 61 GWh of renewable electricity annually – enough to power more than 14,500 homes.

The design-build-operate contract has been awarded to Bouygues Energies and Services, which expects the plant to be fully operational by late 2017. The project, which qualifies for the Renewable Obligation scheme, is expected to create around 250 jobs during construction and 20 permanent positions in operations.

A long-term feedstock contract has been agreed with waste management company Pioneer Fuels and a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA) has been signed with Bombardier.

Jonathan Bell, Minister of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, the Northern Ireland Assembly, said:

This multi-million pound project is hugely significant, not just for Belfast, but for the Northern Ireland economy as a whole as it will create hundreds of jobs and protect many more. As well as creating 250 construction jobs and 20 full-time posts once the facility is operational, it will also provide a competitive energy source for Bombardier, which is our largest manufacturing employer.

Shaun Kingsbury, Chief Executive, UK Green Investment Bank, said:

Northern Ireland was the location of one of GIB’s earliest investments and it gives us great pleasure to announce another important commitment to the country’s green infrastructure network. The plant will generate cleaner, greener electricity that can be used to the benefit of local employers while helping local authorities and businesses meet waste reduction targets.

Brett Ross, Managing Director, RiverRidge Energy Limited and RiverRidge Recycling Limited, said:

This is a significant day for not only the Northern Irish waste management sector, but also the Northern Irish economy as a whole. The delivery of this critical piece of infrastructure provides a number of stakeholders with a world-class facility capable of recovering energy from waste in an environmentally sensitive and acceptable manner as well as the provision of a meaningful base load of renewable energy for Bombardier.


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Email: mediauk@macquarie.com

 Jackie Logan, on behalf of RiverRidge Energy Limited: jackie@naked-pr.com / 028 9091 8676

Kirsty Shaw, Equitix: kshaw@equitix.co.uk  / 0207 250 7325

About the project

Total GIB share of investment: £47m

Total capital mobilised: £107m

Co-investors: RiverRidge Energy Limited, Equitix, P3P Partners

Expected completion: Late 2017

Developer: RiverRidge Energy Limited

Design-build-operate contractor: Bouygues Energies and Services

Notes to editors

About the UK Green Investment Bank

UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) was launched in November 2012. With £3.8bn of funding from the UK Government, it is the first bank of its kind in the world. It is a “for profit” bank, whose mission is to accelerate the UK’s transition to a greener economy, and to create an enduring institution, operating independently of Government.

GIB is wholly owned by HM Government. The Company is not authorised or regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority or the Prudential Regulation Authority. A wholly owned subsidiary UK Green Investment Bank Financial Services Limited, is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.


 About RiverRidge Energy Limited

RiverRidge Energy Limited is part of the RiverRidge Group and a subsidiary of Irish Energy Investments Limited. They are a major investor in the Full Circle Generation Energy from Waste facility located in Belfast.

About Equitix

Equitix is a company established to deliver and manage infrastructure projects from bidding and closing through to construction and service provision. Its reputation is built upon strong relationships with its clients and partners, as well as a committed approach to every project in which they are involved and investment they make.