Major renewables project marks milestone

A flagship renewables project is celebrating a major milestone with the first anniversary of construction at RWE npower renewables’ new £200 million combined heat and power biomass plant at Tullis Russell in Markinch.

The state-of-the-art plant will help safeguard over 500 jobs at the papermill and reduce its fossil-fuel CO2 emissions by around 250,000 tonnes each year.

The project will also create permanent jobs in the operation of the new plant and its fuel processing facility.

Construction is to be completed by the end of this year with commissioning and full commercial operation early 2013.

The plant fills an area of land equivalent to the size of four football pitches, and during the last 12 months all piling and foundations have been laid and essential services such as site drainage are near to completion. Key buildings including the Turbine Hall and Boiler House, where the green energy will be generated, have also been erected and, as part of the plant’s internal road network, an 18 metre long bridge built to span the River Leven

The plant will be capable of producing up to 49.9MW of electricity and 120 tonnes of steam per hour which will more than meet the demands of Tullis Russell with the rest of the power being exported to the Grid.

To date, a number of local firms including Ripon Steel and the Purvis Group have been involved in the construction process bringing significant economic benefits to the region.

Ian Calvert, Head of Biomass said: “The Markinch CHP is a major investment by RWE npower renewables and we are delighted with progress to date.

“Construction plans are on track and once completed the Biomass CHP will be the biggest of its type in the UK. We continue to work closely with Fife Council, the Scottish Government and other stakeholders in what is a pioneering project for the Scottish renewables industry.”

Chris Parr, CEO of Tullis Russell Group said: “Our business has operated at the heart of this community for over 200 years. It is hugely exciting to reach this phase of the project which, as well as providing substantial economic benefits to the local economy during its construction, will help deliver a sustainable future for our business in the years to come.”

As part the on-going community relations programme, representatives from RWE npower renewables and Tullis Russell will be revisiting Community Councils in the coming months and a second edition of the project newsletter will be distributed to local homes and businesses. Community enquiries are welcomed to or via the enquiry line 07971 583 535.

Tradespeople seeking to register their CVs for future contractor vacancies can do so at or by sending them to Darren Gibson, Manager of Recruitment, Aker Advantage Ltd, Phoenix House, 3 Surtees Way, Surtees Business Park, Stockton on Tees, TS18 3HR,