Monday, 14 December 2009
New green investment of €5.5 million by Baxter Healthcare in Mayo
Company to generate green energy to help reduce its costs and lower its carbon footprint
This initiative will not only reduce our energy costs, but it goes further to reducing the company’s carbon emissions thus contributing to overall reduction of carbon emissions in Ireland.
Pat Gallagher, General Manager Manufacturing Ireland
Tánaiste and Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment Mary Coughlan TD today (14th December 2009) announced that Baxter Healthcare SA is to invest €5.5 million in installing and commissioning a 3MW Combined Heat and Power plant (CHP) in Castlebar, Co. Mayo over the next two years, with the support of the Government through IDA Ireland.
Welcoming the investment the Tánaiste said “This investment by Baxter Healthcare demonstrates Ireland’s expertise in energy efficiency, especially in combined heat and power. This investment is in keeping with the Irish Government’s environmental and energy policies which aim to reduce carbon emissions and lower energy consumption thus reducing the country’s carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions”.
Pat Gallagher, General Manager Manufacturing Ireland said, “Baxter is proud to be at the forefront of exploring greener more environmentally friendly initiatives in the healthcare industry. Being a sustainable company is integral to our business and part of being a great company means being a responsible corporate citizen. This initiative will not only reduce our energy costs, but it goes further to reducing the company’s carbon emissions thus contributing to overall reduction of carbon emissions in Ireland".
The CHP plant will consist of two gas fuelled CHP units, capable of generating 3MW of energy, allowing the company generate 75% of its annual energy requirements at a significantly lower cost. The company will continue to utilise the national grid for additional electrical intake during peak loads. The plant will transform the way in which the facility currently sources its energy, utilising natural gas from the national gas network rather than the current process of using medium grade fuel oil in their boilers. The resultant thermal energy gains from the CHP plant will produce almost a third of the sites thermal energy requirements.
Baxter Healthcare Ltd. is the primary domestic operating subsidiary of Baxter International Inc. (NYSE: BAX). Baxter is a global, diversified healthcare company that develops products and therapies to make a meaningful difference in the lives of people with life-threatening conditions such as haemophilia, kidney disease, immune disorders and other chronic and acute conditions. For more information visit www.baxter.com
Baxter currently has three operations in Ireland, two manufacturing facilities; Castlebar and Swinford and a Shared Services Centre in Dublin. Total employment at the two manufacturing sites is over 1,100 making Baxter the largest employer in Co. Mayo. The Shared Services operation is located at Deansgrange, Dublin and employs 115 people.