A new combined heat power (CHP) plant in the northeast of Scotland is set to deliver power and heat to a whisky distillery.

The Craigellachie plant in Speyside is expected to generate up to 87.4 GWe and 76.8 GWth per year for the Macallan distillery and other local businesses.

The plant will run on local forestry residue, which will be harvested by a growers’ consortium, transported to the site and chipped. The project is located within a 40-ha forestry plantation.

Craigellachie CHP is being developed by Speyside Renewable Energy Partnership (SREP), which is made up of Estover Energy Ltd as well as equity investors John Laing Group and the UK Green Investment Bank (GIB).  

According to SREP’s website, commissioning is expected this summer.