Forth Energy shelves Port of Leith biomass plans

By Anna Austin | February 09, 2012

Forth Energy, a joint venture between Scottish & Southern Energy plc and Forth Ports Ltd., has withdrawn its application to construct a 100 MW combined-heat-and-power plant at the Port of Leith in Edinburgh, Scotland.

The company released the notification letter it sent to the Scottish Minister on Feb. 9. In Scotland, applications to build and operate power stations are sent to the Scottish Ministers for consent.

In the letter, Forth Energy said it shelved the project because of the large number of offshore renewable energy development proposals for Port of Leith, and the consequent demand for space.

The company indicated it would reassess the potential for renewable energy production at the port once the full configuration of renewable companies locating there has been finalized, land availability has been re-evaluated, and the demand for renewable energy has been assessed. 

Charles Hammond, chief executive of Forth Ports, said the level of demand from renewables companies wanting to locate at the Port of Leith justifies waiting to see how the land configuration there evolves.

Forth Energy added that it would continue with plans for three additional 100 MW cogeneration plants at the ports of Grangemouth, Rosyth and Dundee, proposed in 2009. According to the company, the ports offer an opportunity to deliver large amounts of wood fuel by sea, as one typical bulk ship is able to deliver up to 35,000 metric tons of fuel.