The Shadow Scottish Energy and Rural Economy spokesmen for the Tory party have visited Aberdeen Grain – a farmer owned grain co-operative in Grampian region – to see how its biomass grain dryer is helping it to manage volatile fuel prices.
The co-op guarantees to sell farmers barley, OSR and oats, whilst drying and storing more than 8,500 tonnes of grain a year.
Alexander Burnett, the Shadow Energy spokesman and Aberdeenshire West MSP, commented: “The decision by Aberdeen Grain to power their dryer through a biomass facility is great to see.
“This will enable the organisation to avoid fluctuating fossil fuel prices, whilst at the same time reducing their carbon footprint by 1,500 tonnes per year.
“The biomass heating system will also open up employment opportunities in the North East, after the recent down turn in oil prices. This can only be a good thing for the North East economy, not only in the rural economy but also the energy sector”.
Peter Chapman, MSP and Shadow Cabinet Secretary for the Rural Economy, added: “This type of initiative is vital to the North East economy and a fantastic example to further investment in our local communities.”