£100k bid to reduce biomass noise levels

Ian Gaunt at Bio Mass Plant
Ian Gaunt at Bio Mass Plant

Biomass owners RWE Innogy will invest £100K in a bid to reduce operational noise which is causing concern for some local residents.

The company is to install three steam vent silencers, the largest weighing 3.4 tonnes, which will complement efforts made to reduce noise emanating from the plant.

We are conscious of the plant’s impact on the community and have worked continuously to improve and minimise its effect on residents.

The new silencers were due to be operational by September, but urgent remedial work to fix a design fault which caused a boiler tube leak, as well as an annual maintenance shut down due to end this week, has meant the silencers will now be fitted in October.

Ian Gaunt, plant manger at the Markinch biomass facility told the Gazette the new boilers will “further improve” the plant’s venting noise levels.

He added: “We are conscious of the plant’s impact on the community and have worked continuously to improve and minimise its effect on residents.”

Mr Gaunt also highlighted that the plant was now operating well within the 45Dbl limit decreed in the planning consent with ambient noise levels also reduced since the demise of the neighbouring Tullis Russell paper mill.

However, he said he was disappointed that some residents living closest to the plant were still experiencing noise disturbances when the plant has had to be restarted after maintenance work.

“We will continue to address those concerns and have now set up a dedicated telephone line specifically to enable residents to come directly to RWE if they have any queries regarding plant operations,” he added.

The telephone line is now up and running and can be contacted on 07825 906952.