Markinch Biomass CHP Plant

On Friday 14 August, RWE experienced a technical problem which meant that we had to shut down the steam turbine. Given it was a Friday, the main fuel silos were almost full in preparation for the weekend. To mitigate the issues associated with the silo reclaim system, unfortunately it was necessary to burn off a small amount of fuel overnight prior to mobilising contractors for Saturday morning. Since Saturday the boiler has been shut down and our team have been working over the weekend to progress the work.

We apologise for any disturbance caused and shall update this web page as soon as we have certainty as to our return to service.


Tullis Russell update

Following the announcement on Monday 27 April 2015, we will work with KPMG LLP, who have been appointed Joint Administrators of Tullis Russell Papermakers Limited.
Having worked closely with the local community and employees of Tullis Russell for several years, we are genuinely very sorry to hear of the announcement.
Our power station at Markinch can run independently of Tullis Russell, and was designed to have the capability to run in ‘power only mode’.  The power station will therefore continue to operate at full capacity, purchasing and consuming the same volumes of fuel as originally planned.

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A major addition to the Scottish Government’s plan for a more sustainable energy future in Scotland was reached in March 2015 with Fergus Ewing MSP, Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, officially opening RWE’s Markinch Biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in Fife, Scotland.

The state-of-the-art plant replaced the outdated coal and gas fired CHP power station on the site of premium paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell. It represents a reduction in fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions by around 250,000 tonnes per annum, delivering a major contribution to the UK’s renewable energy generation targets.

The new facility has an installed capacity of up to 65 MW and is fuelled by circa 450,000 tonnes per annum of biomass fuel. Approximately 90% is recovered wood waste and the remainder virgin wood sourced from sustainably managed forests.

RWE worked in partnership with Tullis Russell, 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.

The plant has been generating power to Tullis Russell Papermakers and the local network since February 2014.

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