Posted on Monday 25 March 2019 by John Mulgrew

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A £300m gas-fired power plant has been given the green light by Stormont, it has emerged.

Belfast Power wants to built the huge plant at Belfast Harbour, which could produce up to half of Northern Ireland's electricity at peak times

Now, the Department for Infrastructure has issued a notice of opinion to approve the massive development.

The firm behind it says 700 jobs could be supported during the build, with 35 full-time roles once it’s operational.

Work is expected to start in autumn, with the plant up-and-running by 2022

Ciaran Devine, director of Belfast Power Limited said the green light comes at a “critical time for Northern Ireland’s electricity industry, and the power station will play a central role in ensuring we have enough electricity to meet demand over the coming years.

“The project also represents a significant shift towards low-carbon electricity generation in Northern Ireland. Using state-of-the-art Siemens technology, it will be the most efficient of its kind anywhere in the UK and Ireland.

“This is good news as we continue the journey towards decarbonisation; and will ensure competitive costs, which will benefit consumers.

“At a time of considerable uncertainty, we’re proud to be bringing this level of investment to Belfast, which will result in the creation of over 700 full-time jobs when construction begins and over 35 full-time roles when the plant is operational.

“DfI has been thoroughly professional in its approach to the application since it was submitted in April 2017. Belfast Power Limited will in the coming days participate in the T-4 capacity auction, which is being overseen by the Utility Regulator to secure electricity generation for the period commencing September 2022.”

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