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Markinch

CHP Biomass Plant

Power plant location Markinch, Scotland
Power plant type Biomass cogeneration plant
Output 55 MW
Fuel  Recovered and fresh timber
Number of units 1 gas turbine, 1 steam turbine

Electricity and steam from biomass 

In the Scottish county of Fife, RWE operates Markinch CHP biomass plant. The combined heat and power plant has an installed capacity of 55 MW. It is the biggest plant of its type in the UK. The plant had been generating power to Tullis Russell Papermakers and the local network since February 2014. However, following the paper plants closure, the station has operated in ‘power only mode’ at full capacity.

Biomass from sustainable forests 

The new biomass plant is fuelled by 450,000 tonnes per annum of biomass fuel. Approximately 90% is recovered wood waste and the remainder is virgin wood sourced from sustainably managed forests ,resulting in a reduction in CO2 emissions of approximately 250,000 tons per year.

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