KIRK Environmental reports that construction is “well underway” on its part of a £200m biomass plant in Scotland.
Work on the three woodchip storage silos near Glenrothes in Fife began mid-March and the first silo is reaching its finished height of 18 metres above ground. Each of the 20-metre diameter reinforced concrete structures – being constructed to store virgin and recycled woodchips –has a volume of 5,000m3. The plant will consume around 400,000 tonnes of biomass a year as it generates 50MW of renewable energy which will power the plant and export a significant amount into the grid.
Kirk is working for Saxlund International which is developing the project with Canning Conveyor providing the feeding and silo unloading systems which are scheduled for completion in July. The entire plant is expected to be operational in early 2013.