Markinch Biomass CHP

When the plant is fully operational a white plume of steam from the stack will be a regular feature. 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 and the plant has entered its operational testing phase.  As of early 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 this 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. To-date, the paper mill has been supplied with energy by a 60-year old coal-fired power station.

Due to the existing plant’s age, it could no longer be relied upon to provide a secure supply of steam and electricity to the Tullis Russell paper manufacturing plant. The biomass CHP plant will provide the paper maker's energy needs from a renewable source with excess electricity generated being sent directly to the local grid.