A BIOGAS facility that processes 40,000t of poultry litter every year to power about 6,000 homes has announced a significant expansion.

The Stream BioEnergy Tully Biogas facility has been operational since 2017, and the proposals to increase capacity were marked with a visit from the country’s farming minister. 

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The expanded site will accept significantly more poultry litter, which could produce enough biomethane to displace 3% of the natural gas imported to heat Northern Ireland homes and businesses.

It is hoped the new phase of the plant will be operational in late 2026.

Speaking after the visit, Daera minister Andrew Muir said: “I was delighted to tour the Stream BioEnergy Tully Biogas facility, meet the plant staff and see the positive impact their operations are having in terms of the production of renewable energy from indigenous resources to deliver Climate Action.

Green growth

“They are demonstrating Green Growth in action through the creation of renewable energy, green jobs and a cleaner environment while increasing energy security and making NI agriculture more sustainable.”

Stream BioEnergy Chief Operating Officer, Morgan Burke, added: “I welcome the opportunity to show the Minister the work that we are doing at the Tully facility and outline our ongoing expansion plans.

“I have regular engagement with DAERA officials and officials from other NICS Departments and am very supportive of the groundbreaking success the Tully plant has achieved with poultry litter being replicated for livestock slurry. 

“Northern Ireland’s strong agricultural base provides an ideal platform to provide many of the raw materials to help Northern Ireland sustainably meet its climate change obligations.”