Scotland's Tullis Russell to use biomass for heat, power

By Lisa Gibson
Posted October 7, 2009, at 5:21 p.m. CST

The signing of a multi-million-pound deal brings a paper mill in Scotland closer to using biomass for heat and power. A contract established between Tullis Russell Papermakers Ltd. and RWE NPower means a 50-megawatt biomass power plant will supply energy for Tullis Russell's mill in Markinch, Fife, Scotland.

The plant will replace an existing coal-fired power plant, owned by RWE NPower Renewables, whose parent company, RWE Innogy, will provide £200 million ($31.7 million) for the project. That supplements the £8.1 million ($12.8 million) in support from the Scottish government, according to RWE NPower. NPower Cogen, whose parent company is RWE NPower, will build and operate the facility.

Construction on the plant will begin immediately, according to the company, and it will be operational in 2012. The plant will reduce the Tullis Russell's carbon footprint by more than 70 percent, according to CEO Chris Parr, using 400,000 metric tons of virgin and used wood from local and national companies. The project also will provide 400 jobs during construction, 50 permanent jobs in operation and more than 500 jobs at Tullis Russell, according to RWE. The plant will reduce carbon emissions by 250,000 metric tons and generate 6 percent of Scotland's renewable energy target.

Seventeen megawatts of power will be supplied directly to the paper mill and the remaining will be sold to the grid.