Two biogas combined heat and power (CHP) plants slated for farms in Northern Ireland have received £10.5 million ($15 million) in funding from sources including the UK’s Green Investment Bank (GIB).

A proposed 3 MW anaerobic digestion plant near Ballymena has received £8.7 million from the Recycling and Waste LP (RAW) Fund, in which the GIB is a cornerstone investor, as well as £4.4 million from the Foresight AD EIS Fund, £8.7 million from Invest Northern Ireland and £1.5 million from biogas plant developer Xergi, which has also won EPC and O&M contracts for the project.

The Ballymena project is being developed by Stream BioEnergy Ltd and is expected to be 100% fuelled by poultry litter.

Meanwhile, RAW has committed £1.8 million to the 0.5 MW Gorthill AD project in Eglington in County Londonderry, with a matching amount coming from SQN Capital Management. The project is planned to use grass silage, poultry litter and cattle slurry as feedstock.

Williams Industrial Services will act as EPC and O&M contractor on the Gorthill project.

Northern Ireland economy minister Simon Hamilton called the projects ‘an outstanding example of public sector and private investors coming together to support a new technology for sustainable agriculture and to grow our economy’.