New lease of life for Fife colliery

A former Fife colliery site has been given a new lease of life in the energy market thanks to the latest green power technology.

Bowhill at Cardenden hasn’t produced coal for many years, but it’s set to be the major supply point for the wood required by the biomass plant currently under construction by Markinch papermakers Tullis Russell. The £2.1 million project for plant operators Npower will see the Purvis Group bring in timber from Scotland’s forests and chip it ready for use in the biomass plant’s boiler. Some 40-50 jobs have been created during the six-month construction period of the wood processing plant and store, and once operational there will be six full-time workers on site.

Purvis director Bob Garmory said: “The latest project is a natural extension of our recycling and restoration scheme at Bowhill.

“We knew that if there was to be a continuing life-stream for the area then we needed something new and we are delighted to have won this contract.”