The European Commission (EC) has approved measures for Dublin waste-to-energy project in Ireland.

The commission has found that a series of measures by the Dublin local authorities to participate in the waste-to-energy project, located on the Poolbeg peninsula, are in line with the EU state aid rules.

The project does not involve any state aid within the meaning of the EU rules as it will be carried out on market terms.

After a public tender, the Dublin local authorities entered into discussions with Dublin Waste to Energy Limited (DWTEL) regarding the construction, maintenance and operation of a large-scale plant.

The facility will be a combined heat and power system (CHP) that uses municipal solid waste as fuel to generate electricity for the general public.

Upon completion, the facility is expected to process about 550 000 tonnes of waste per year.

The Dublin authorities will participate in the project via a series of measures, such as a waste revenue guarantee, a waste and electricity revenue sharing mechanism and a profit sharing schedule.