Planning permission has been granted for a major development and expansion of the Minch Malt facility near Athy.
The €4 million development will help to enhance Ireland's oldest malt manufacturing facility that supplies barley to Ireland's craft brewers and distilleries.
Kildare County Council have given the green light for a 10-year planning allowance that will allow for the demolition of a portion of an existing barley intake building and storage building, which will be followed by the construction of a new malting plant comprising pf a number of buildings. Those buildings include an energies building (400.5 sqm and 16.6 metres high), a kiln vessel (594 sqm and 10.8 metres high), a steeps building (496.6 sqm and 20.4 metres high) two germination vessels (830 sqm and 10.2 metres high), a 300 cubic metre process water tank (5.7 metres high) and ancillary overhead conveyors at 11.5 metres above ground level.
The plans also allow for the construction of a wastewater balance tank (167.3 sqm and 5.7 metres high) and the construction of three combined heat and power units (228 sqm and 7.4 metres high).
Also included in the plans are the construction of a barley intake building (145.7 sqm and 18 metres high) and a heat recovery unit for the Boby Kiln to be located on top of the existing Boby Tower (162 sqm) to a height of 21.6 metres above ground level.
There are also plans for the construction of a filter enclosure (60.7 sqm and 14 metres high) and a malt screen housing (65 sqm and 18.0 metres high), the construction of a malt outloading structure with overhead storage bins (174.3 sqm and 23 metres high) with associated overhead conveyors and two buffer bins (50 sqm and 20.7 metres high).
The renovation of Plewman’s House and the construction of a 76sqm board room extension and a 310 sqm administration building extension is also included in the plans.
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