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RWE breaks ground on UK’s largest biomass plant

The 50MW plant is slated for completion in two years' time
The 50MW plant is slated for completion in two years' time
In Scotland the UK subsidiary of Germany-based renewable energy firm RWE Innogy, RWE npower renewables, has started to build its biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Markinch, Fife.

With a production capacity of 50MW, the €235 million facility will be the largest of its kind in the UK. The plant will also deliver up to 120 tonnes of industrial steam per hour.

The construction period is estimated to be around two years, during which 400 jobs will be created. 40 permanent positions will also become available once the plant is launched.

Upon completion RWE npower will sell its power to Tullis Russel Papermakers, which is currently receiving its energy from a 60-year-old coal-fired power station.

The plant will run on wood residues and green wood from sustainable forestry, resulting in a reduction of approximately 250,000 tonnes of carbon emissions a year.

Finland-based technology group Metso will be delivering and installing the boiler system and the flue gas cleaning system for the plant, while engineering and construction company Aker Solutions will handle the remaining plant construction.

Image source: RWE Innogy
The 50MW plant is slated for completion in two years' time