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Royal opening for Scottish biomass plant

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The Helius Corde biomass energy plant and animal feed processing unit in Rothes, Scotland has opened.

The plant was officially opened on 17 April by HRH the Duke of Rothesay and it will use by-products from nearby malt whisky distilleries to produce renewable energy and a animal feed protein supplement.

The plant, owned and operated by the joint venture of Helius Energy (HE), Rabo Project Equity and the Combination of Rothes Distillers (CORD), will generate enough electricity to power 9,000 homes, saving around 46,000 tonnes per year of CO2.

A further reduction of 18,000 tonnes CO2 per year will be saved via the closing of an existing gas fired CORD facility.The total development and construction costs of the 8.3MW project is £60.5 million (€70.6 million).

‘Projects like these will increasingly form part of the UK energy mix and we were proud HRH the Duke of Rothesay joined us to formally open our plant,’ says HE CEO Adrian Bowles.