Scots biomass plant given the go-ahead

Construction of a new £35m biomass-fuelled combined heat and power plant on Speyside in Scotland has moved a step closer after being granted planning permission by Moray Council.


The plant, to be built north of Rothes on the banks of the River Spey, is a joint development between Helius Energy and The Combination of Rothes Distillers. It will be the first such project to use a combination of distillery co-products and woodchip from sustainable sources to generate 7.2MW of electricity, enough for 9000 homes.


As part of the project, a new GreenFields plant will be built alongside the CHP unit to turn the liquid co-product of whisky production (Pot Ale) into a concentrated organic fertiliser for local farmers.


“This is exciting news and allows us to proceed with this innovative project,” Frank Burns, CoRD general manager said. “Not only will it generate renewable heat and power, but it secures additional markets for our distillery co-products and helps to ensure the sustainability of malt whisky distilling on Speyside.”


Construction of the plant is expected to take 18 to 24 months to complete.