As per the contract, Natural Power will provide Owners Engineer services for 16.3MW Rhode Biomass Plant in county Offaly, Ireland.

In a process anticipated to continue for two years, Natural Power will render detailed design, procurement and construction of the complete plant.

Commenting on the alliance, Natural Power Biomass Services senior manager Cris Sagar noted that the agreement was a testimony for company’s technical expertise.

Natural Power Ireland senior project manager Marc Lamphiere: "We are delighted that after opening our Irish office in March, we have already secured this great deal with Biotricity. It is great to work on a local project which will help secure Ireland’s sustainable energy future."

Meanwhile, the facility to be fuelled by straw and willow is expected to generate enough energy to meet the requirements of 5,500 homes, besides reducing emission of 66,000 tons of carbon dioxide annually.

Biotricity managing director Declan Kennedy remarked: "Biotricity are delighted to be constructing this new €80m biomass plant in Co. Offaly which will create over 265 jobs for the local community and also help Ireland achieve its renewable energy targets.

"During the operation of the plant in excess of €11 million per annum will be spent on fuel stocks and salaries," revealed Kennedy.