Pastures new for Ian after biomass role

Ian Gaunt, biomass plant manger at Markinch, steps down in August.
Ian Gaunt, biomass plant manger at Markinch, steps down in August.

The man who was the public face of the new £200 million biomass plant during its construction and commissioning phase, is to leave the company.

Ian Gaunt, RWE Innogy’s plant manager at the Markinch combined heat and power (CHP) site in Markinch, will leave his post next month to take up a similar position at two biomass facilities in North Lincolnshire and East Anglia.

As part of his role, Ian was the plant’s main liaison with the local community on all biomass related issues.

The 48-year-old, who took the up the position in March 2011, said he was looking forward to a new challenge but would also be sad to leave the area which has been his home for four years.

“We’ve had some complex challenges to overcome, especially during the plant’s prolonged commissioning period, which have been tough on both my site team and the community,” said Ian.

“But I’m proud of the the way they have been tackled and the efforts made to limit the impact on residents as much as possible.

“It’s also pleasing to see the initial scare stories of emissions, traffic concerns and the like diminish - and that again is testament to the efforts put in.

“We’ve also seen some excellent results in recent months with those hurdles that we’ve had to overcome helping us to meet our business plan.”

His replacement Keith Moorcroft will take over on August 20.