March 5 (SeeNews) - Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing today officially opened RWE Innogy UK’s 65-MW biomass combined heat and power (CHP) plant in Fife, which replaces a coal- and gas-fired station built in the 1950s.
Over GBP 200 million (USD 304.5m/EUR 276m) have been invested in the Markinch CHP plant, and the Scottish government has provided a GBP-8.1-million Regional Selective Assistance grant. Construction kicked off in 2009 and was concluded in 2014.
The power plant is already meeting the electricity and steam needs of paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell, while any excess power is fed to the grid. It uses as fuel about 90% recovered wood waste and some 10% virgin wood from sustainably managed forests, RWE said.
At the opening ceremony, minister Ewing noted that the Markinch biomass station will help Scotland achieve its goal of meeting with renewables 11% of non-electrical heat demand by 2020.
(GBP 1 = USD 1.523/EUR 1.381)