Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy John Swinney got stuck in during a visit to the University of St Andrews’ new £25 million Green Energy Centre this afternoon.
Mr Swinney met senior University staff, project partners and contractors to mark the official start of construction work on the centre, located on the site of the former Guardbridge paper mill.
Using only wood from sustainable local sources, the state-of-the-art biomass facility will pump hot water from the plant four miles underground to heat and cool laboratories and student residences in St Andrews.
The green energy centre which is being delivered by St Andrews University will help to regenerate north east Fife by creating more than 225 jobs in the construction phase.
Mr Swinney’s visit took place at the same time as the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon toured Elmwood golf course and Stratheden Hospital near Cupar while Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Fair Work, Skills and Training, Roseanna Cunningham, visited Zest in St Andrews and Culture minister Fiona Hyslop dropped into the Fife Folk Museum in Ceres.
The Scottish Cabinet were due to meet at Bell Baxter High School at 4.30pm today (Monday) ahead of a public question and answer session at 7pm this evening.