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Kelly welcomes energy producing use for North Belfast landfill

10 December, 2008 - by Gerry Kelly

Sinn Féin MLA for North Belfast Gerry Kelly has welcomed the fact that electricity is be produced from a former landfill site on the North Foreshore in North Belfast. The plan to develop a network of pipes to gather methane from the site to produce electricity will see a reduction in methane entering the atmsophere alongside a positive usage for this waste.

"Given the current high price of electricity and its dependency on the price of world oil and energy prices this is a welcome initiative, producing electricity from what we all would consider waste.

"There has been a debate about the use of the North Foreshore site and the landfill that is situated there has raised a fair amount of controversy over the years. This development now sees a positive, green contribution come from the former landfill which will benefit people locally.

"It is a cleaner and greener way to produce electricity and will benefit Belfast as gases that would have previously entered the atmosphere in the Belfast Area are now been harnessed for a beneficial use.

"In terms of energy production we must be examining new and innovative ways to produce the electricity that we need in sustainable and environmentally friendly manner."

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