Local Benefits

Jobs and the economy

RWE worked in partnership with Tullis Russell Paper Makers, the Scottish Government, Fife Council and local community and Community Council’s throughout the construction of the plant. Over 600 temporary jobs were created during the construction process and around 40 additional permanent jobs have been created at Markinch and the Offsite Fuel Processing Facility at Cardenden.

Fife students experienced unique biomass lesson

The Biomass CHP Plant is one of the largest of its kind in the UK. During construction we wanted local young people to benefit from the innovation happening on their doorstep.
Three students from Adam Smith College in Fife: Michael Wilson , Jamie Forrest and Kieran Finnegan took part in a work experience programme with RWE Innogy UK and Tullis Russell, the highlight of which was a trip to Tampere in Southern Finland to witness the final testing of the boiler control system manufactured by Valmet.
The students spent a week with Valmet experts and were briefed on the boiler’s automation systems and given the opportunity to get hands-on experience of the technology by assisting with the programme of tests.

Jamie Forrest said:
“We all got such a surprise when we were told we were getting to visit the plant where the boiler was being made. We feel so lucky that we have been able to be involved in this exciting project. We all had a great experience in Finland, and learned so much which will definitely help us in our future careers.”

‘Greener’ and ‘cleaner’ with local landscaping

As part of the project, RWE Innogy UK and Tullis Russell invested in landscaping initiatives to improve the area surrounding the biomass CHP plant. As part of this project the area to the South of Beechwood Drive has been landscaped to create a beautiful woodland habitat.

The area has been planted with over 1000 trees, including: Birch; Aspen and Oaks plus over 1500 shrubs including stunning Bird Cherry and Goat Willow species. Once mature, the area will support wildlife and provide a lovely backdrop to Beechwood Drive.