Biomass plant gets the green light for Grangemouth

The plant will be built at the Port of Grangemouth
The plant will be built at the Port of Grangemouth

The Scottish Government has given the go ahead for Forth Energy to build its £465 million wood-fuelled power plant at the Port of Grangemouth.

A joint venture between Forth Ports Limited and SSE plc, the combined heat and power (CHP) plant was the subject of a public inquiry in May last year when a number of local representatives, including Grangemouth Community Council and MSP Angus Macdonald spoke out against the plans.

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The CHP plant, which is scheduled to be operational in 2017, will be the largest in Scotland and have the capacity to generate 120MW of renewable electricity and 200MW of heat.

Calum Wilson, Forth Energy managing director, said: “We are delighted the ministers have approved this ambitious project. This consent creates the opportunity for us to develop a combined heat and power plant that will generate low carbon renewable electricity and heat from wood fuel shipped to the plant, whilst delivering significant benefits to the Grangemouth economy.”