Questions from community over Markinch biomass plant

Fife Biomass Plant, Glenrothes

Fife Biomass Plant, Glenrothes

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THE people of Markinch have been given a chance to hear about the latest about the Tullis Russell biomass plant, reports KEVIN QUINN.

The plant will provide steam for paper-drying as well as electricity and is expected to be in operation later this year.

The company claims the plant will reduce its carbon emissions by 250,000 tonnes and help safeguard its 540 strong workforce.

Mike Deeprose, chair of Markinch Community Council, believes local people have questions about the development, as he does.

He said: “There is a lot of interest in it. A lot of positive interest and a lot of negative interest.

“We were led to believe that would be less traffic than what we now think there is

“There have also been questions on what happens as biomass plants become more popular throughout.

“What happens if the interest in this type of fuel gets greater or even diminishes?

Peter Wilson, project manager, Rwe npower renewables, commented: “The CHP plant will bring considerable benefits to the community and we look forward to providing an update to local people on the encouraging progress of the build.”

A community council meeting was due to be held on 4 April.