RWE chooses fuel supplier for Scotland biomass plant

By Anna Austin | April 04, 2012

RWE npower has chosen one of the U.K’s leading recycling and resource management companies as a fuel supplier for its £200 million ($317 million) combined-heat-and-power (CHP) biomass plant under development at Markinch in Fife, Scotland. 

Under the contract, Sita UK will supply more than 50 percent of the fuel requirements of the 50 MW plant. Since the company has many existing locations across the U.K., it will use the network of sites to recover and process waste wood to be transferred to the CHP plant.

“End of life wood largely comprises manufactured wood which has been processed as MDF (medium-density fiberboard) and chipboard,” said Graham Mayes, chief operating officer for Sita UK. “This is extremely difficult to recycle and is commonly disposed of at landfills. Recovering this wood to generate energy at Markinch has massive environmental benefits and is a great example of the circular economy in action.”

Sita UK estimates that the deal with RWE will create around 100 new jobs.

When RWE’s plant is complete, it will be the largest of its kind in Scotland and will supply nearby Tullis Russell paper mill with steam and electricity through a 20-year energy supply contract.

RWE expects the plant to be operational by mid-2013.