Markinch Biomass CHP

During operation a white plume of steam from the stack may be visible. The plume consists of water vapour and is a result of the high moisture content of the fuel being burned. This is a natural bi-product of the biomass process and has no impact on the air quality.

The Proposal

The construction of RWE Innogy UK’s Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Fife, Scotland, is now complete. Since February 2014, the plant has been generating power to Tullis Russell Papermakers and the grid.

This state of the art power plant has an installed capacity of up to 65 MW and will be able to supply up to 120 tonnes of industrial steam per hour to paper manufacturer Tullis Russell. The plant is the largest of its type in Scotland and in Great Britain as a whole.

Overall, RWE Innogy has invested some £200 million in the construction of the biomass CHP plant.

The new biomass CHP plant is fuelled by approximately 90% recovered wood waste and approximately 10% virgin wood sourced from sustainably managed forests and will significantly reduce carbon emissions.

The new plant has replaced an existing “life-expired” coal-fired plant at the paper manufacturer.