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.
RWE Innogy UK (formerly RWE npower renewables), the UK subsidiary of RWE Innogy, is currently constructing its Markinch Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Fife, Scotland. This state of the art power plant will have 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 will be the largest of its type in Scotland and in Great Britain as a whole. Overall, RWE Innogy is investing some £200 million in the construction of this biomass CHP plant.
The new biomass CHP plant will be 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
RWE Innogy UK commissioned Metso and Jacobs to construct the Markinch plant. Technology group Metso has supplied the biomass boiler together with the flue gas cleaning system. Jacobs Engineering is responsible for construction of the remaining sections of the plant.