Scotland’s government has granted consent for a biomass-fueled combined heat and power plant for the Port of Rosyth.

The plant, a £325 million (US$537 million) investment by renewable energy firm Forth Energy, would use sustainably sourced wood fuel, primarily from overseas. It would generate 120 MWe and 30 MWth, Forth Energy said, meeting over 40% of the Fife Council area’s electricity needs.

The plant would also bring up to 500 jobs to the area during construction, as well as 70 operational jobs based at the port.

In consenting the plant, Scottish energy minister Fergus Ewing said: ‘The combined heat and power plant at the Port of Rosyth will create hundreds of jobs during its construction, and while in operation will continue to support local employment while generating renewable power for local business and industry.

‘The conditions to the consent also ensure that the fuel used in the biomass is from sustainable and responsible sources,’ Ewing added.