GSK’s new €8m Biomass Energy Plant in Dungarvan

By Justine Dwyer

One of the world’s leading healthcare companies, GSK, officially opened its new €8 million facility in Dungarvan last Friday, which is only the second of its kind in Ireland.
This latest development from GSK, brings its total investment in Dungarvan to €23.2 million over the past 24 months.
The investment has been utilised to develop a new purpose-built biomass energy facility which is expected to reduce the site’s carbon emissions by up to 33%. The facility uses locally sourced woodchips to create a carbon neutral fuel source for the site.
GSK, who this year celebrate 35 years in Dungarvan, employs over 700 employees at two sites in the areas.
The oral care facility which produces a range of denture products and the over-the-counter medical site which produces a variety of medicinal products such as Panadol.
Speaking at the opening, Brian Fox, Site Director at GSK Dungarvan, said that the investment was a significant vote of confidence in the Dungarvan facility, as well as in the capabilities of the town and people of Dungarvan.
“GSK is in Dungarvan 35 years this year and this investment will underpin our existing investments here and our sizeable workforce. It will also significantly enhance Dungarvan’s role in GSK’s global business and today’s investment is a strong recognition of the strong technical and scientific capability we have here.”
Kevin Meehan (Engineer Director, GSK Dungarvan) added that the investment in the new biomass facility demonstrated the company’s strong commitment to sustainability and to the local community.
“We also worked with local suppliers on the build and are using locally sourced woodchip to run the facility as well. GSK Dungarvan has a highly skilled engineering team across multiple disciplines that ensures the facility continually operates to world class standards. The success of the Biomass Energy facility is a testament to their skills in electrical, mechanical and automation engineering.”

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