Forth Energy, a joint venture between Forth Ports Limited and SSE plc, has now confirmed that the Scottish Government has granted consent for a wood fuelled renewable combined heat and power (CHP) plant at the Port of Rosyth.
The CHP plant will use sustainably-sourced wood fuel primarily from overseas with the capacity to generate 120MW of low carbon renewable electricity and 30MW of heat. The equivalent of over 40% of the Fife Council area’s electricity needs could be met, with the additional benefit of the potential for a heat distribution network.
The plant would represent a capital investment of £325m. It will create approximately 300 construction jobs, peaking at 500 during parts of the build process; then around 70 operational jobs, running the plant and handling the fuel. It is forecast to deliver around £26m of annual economic benefit to the area.
The plant aims to achieve significant carbon savings over its operating life compared with fossil fuel alternatives. The wood fuel for the plant will be sourced from overseas and delivered by ship, the lowest carbon means of transportation for bulk goods. The plant’s location within the Port of Rosyth allows the raw fuel to be unloaded directly to the plant.
Forth Energy will now engage with the relevant authorities, including the Scottish Government and Fife Council, to examine the details of the consent granted.
Calum Wilson, Managing Director, Forth Energy, said: “We are delighted that the Scottish Government has approved our proposal for a renewable energy plant at Rosyth. We look forward to engaging with the Scottish Government, Fife Council and the local community.”
And Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council Spokesperson for Business, Enterprise, Economy and Planning commented: “This is an important milestone for this project and now work can begin to progress the long term proposals.
“As well as creating construction jobs as part of the build process, potentially around 70 operational jobs could be created too and the plant could ultimately generate over 40% of Fife’s electricity.