Notes to Editors

About the Moy Park incinerator

  1. Since its takeover of O’Kane Poultry this year, Moy Park is now the majority shareholder in the venture behind the Glenavy incinerator called Rose Energy. CALNI has decided for the sake of public clarity and understanding to therefore describe the incinerator project as the Moy Park Incinerator.
  2. The proposed incinerator site lies off the Ballyvannon Road near Glenavy in the green belt. It lies within an Area of High Scenic Value. It is also adjacent to a European Special Protected Area of Special Scientific Interest and RAMSAR wetland.
  3. At 6.4 acres in built form including an 80 metre chimney stack as tall as Windsor House in Belfast, the Incinerator will totally blight the local rural landscape. It will be visible from 80% of the surface water of Lough Neagh and from every County which borders the Lough.
  4. The incinerator will extract 3.84 million litres of water per day from Lough Neagh to cool the incinerator. The company will discharge 1.2 million litres of treated effluent back into the Glenavy River on a daily basis at a temperature anywhere between one and eight degrees Celsius warmer than the river temperature. This will have a devastating impact on the river ecosystem and aquatic life.


7,000 people have objected to the incinerator proposal. The CALNI Group has spent £400,000 to date and will use further significant resources to fight the incinerator planning permission using various retained planning, environmental and legal experts. The Barristers and Solicitors retained by CALNI have experience of taking planning cases to Europe.

Key arguments against the proposal include:

  • The applicant’s deeply flawed site selection evidence. CALNI’s own consultants have objectively found 30 better suited sites in Northern Ireland which are mainly based within industrial areas.
  • The incinerator proposal is described as a biomass power plant – yet no details of how it will be connected to the grid have been published. The nearest grid connection is 15 miles away and CALNI expects massive opposition and uproar once these details emerge. Thus, without a connection the electricity grid the incinerator is a ‘burnhouse’ – not a power plant producing electricity.
  • CALNI understands that the incinerator requires approximately £30 million of capital funding from Invest NI. CALNI argues that this money should have been made available through a public tendering process to secure ‘best value’ for the public purse. There are numerous issues of public interest to do with the funding and economics of the project which are not being disclosed to CALNI and the media.


For further information contact Sheila Davidson at CALNI on 077 8579 3672
Nick Bell at Strategic Planning 079 1862 8606 [email protected]

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