Markinch Biomass combined heat and power (CHP) Plant in Glenrothes, Fife, Scotland, has been officially inaugurated on the site of paper and board manufacturer Tullis Russell.

Claimed as the UK’s largest biomass CHP facility, the project – which replaces existing fossil fuel-fired plant – was developed by RWE Innogy.

The new unit will provide power and process steam to the paper mill and enable excess electricity to be exported to the grid.

The project was supported by an £8.1 million ($13 million) Regional Selective Assistance grant from the Scottish government.

Paul Coffey, chief operating officer at RWE Innogy, said in a statement: ‘The Markinch plant is providing Tullis Russell with a state-of-the art low-carbon power source, and exporting enough energy into the local network to power around 45,000 homes.’