Scotland: Speyside Biomass combined heat and power plant is recruting and equipment suppliers are announced

Scotland: Speyside Biomass combined heat and power plant recruting and procurements ongoing

Speyside Renewable Energy Partnership Ltd. builds a biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant to supply around 12MWe to the public grid and 9MW heat to The Macallan whisky distillery. The biomass plant is located 1.2km north west of Craigellachie and 820m north of the Macallan Distillery.

The biomass plant itself will be built by German Standardkessel GmbH. A 12-year Operation & Maintenance contract has been awarded to BWSC Generation Services UK Ltd. BWSC Generation Services UK Ltd. is a subsidiary company owned by BWSC A/S which is a company with head office in Denmark. Bruks Klöckner is to supply the fuelhandling system with a capacity of 80 ton per hour.

The plant is expected commercial operational in the spring of 2016. The mobilization for the O&M, which amongst others includes the recruitment and training of in total approximately 20 employees who will be engaged during the second half of 2015.

BWSC is now searching for a Plant Manager, Operations & Maintenance. The position is expected to be filled in February 2015 in order for the Plant manager to participate with the recruitment of staff and in general prepare the power plant for operation.

The new biomass Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant, will generate 87.4 GWh per annum of renewable electricity – enough to power more than 20,000 homes. It will also generate 76.8 GWh per annum of renewable heat. Together, the carbon saving equates to 42,000 tCO2e per annum, the equivalent to taking over 18,000 cars off the road.

The project will create 123 jobs (100 in peak construction and 23 permanent) and support one of Scotland’s most important export industries.

The new CHP facility will also contribute to reducing the cost of energy at The Macallan distillery by providing c. 90 percent of all of the steam needed in the distillation process. By using biomass to generate heat instead of natural gas, the distillery will reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by over 17,500 tCO2, equivalent to taking almost 8,000 cars off the road.

The project is being developed by German Standardkessel Baumgarte Contracting jointly with Estover Energy. The plant will be fuelled with sustainable forestry by-product sourced from the local area, one of the UK’s most productive forestry areas. A consortium of local growers and forest industry suppliers including Stobart Biomass Products Ltd. and UPM Tilhill will supply the plant.