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Civil servants approve Belfast Harbour schemes

Words: Roger Milne
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Officials at the Department for Infrastructure (DfI) have approved proposals for two major projects – a power plant and a cruise ship terminal – at Belfast Harbour. Last week civil servants signed off on a major public transport hub for the capital.

Belfast Power Limited, the company behind proposals to develop a new 480-megawatt gas-fired power station in the Belfast Harbour Estate, welcomed the DfI’s ‘thumbs up’ for the £300 million project.

When built, the power plant will provide electricity for at least 500,000 homes and businesses across the region, delivering sustainable, indigenous generation as older generating stations are decommissioned in coming years.

Ciaran Devine, director of Belfast Power Limited, said: “The project 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.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Belfast Harbour told The Planner: “Belfast Harbour welcomes the decision by DfI to give planning approval for a new purpose-built cruise ship facility, at D3, Airport Road.  

“This decision will allow us to create facilities which will support Belfast and Northern Ireland’s rapidly growing popularity as a cruise destination.”

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