Grangemouth biofuel plans get £11 million

Celtic Renewables plans to use whisky by products to create biofuel
Celtic Renewables plans to use whisky by products to create biofuel

Plans for a new biofuel plant in Grangemouth received an £11 million boost from the UK Department of Transport.

Edinburgh-based Celtic Renewables is developing a biofuel, called biobutanol, made from Scotch whisky by-products it claims could provide an alternative to car and aviation fuel.

The massive grant will go towards building a biofuel facility, reportedly in the Grangemouth area, that will hopefully be operational by the end of 2018.

Councillor Dennis Goldie, spokesperson for Falkirk Council’s economic development, said: “Securing this new biofuel plant is a real coup for the area and fits with our long term goals to encourage investment in Grangemouth and to create and sustain a booming local economy.

“It’s proposed the plant will be operational by December 2018 and the Council has already had advanced discussions with the company about how their requirements can be supported.

“We understand the £25 million construction project will offer a chance for a range of local businesses to get involved in building the plant.

“Once this is completed and the plant is operational it will employ at least 25 full time workers in highly skilled posts such as chemists, engineers and plant operators.”

A spokesman for Celtic Renewables said: “We have already attracted investment and partners in the private sector and this funding will allow us to scale-up to industrial production.

“Our next step is to open a demonstration facility and we are targeting a location in or near Grangemouth which is an area that’s strategically right for us.”