A step forward for the Glenrothes District Heating scheme

Tullis Russell Building purchased and demolition contractor appointed

This week marks a significant step forward in the Glenrothes District Heating scheme. An agreement was reached between RWE and site owner Tullis Russell Group to purchase the building adjoining the power station on the former paper maker’s land.

This building is on the location of the proposed Energy Centre, which will provide the heat for the planned District Heating scheme. The District Heating scheme is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government.

This building will now be demolished subject to the relevant pre-planning approvals. The demolition contractor has also been appointed, Erith will mobilise machinery onsite on the 25th July to start the deconstruction of the building in August.

The building will be brought down using long reach demolition plant, with no explosive demolition required due to the fact that the structure is close to other buildings and the power plant. The method of demolition and demolition plans, have received prior planning approval from the local authority this includes hours of working and type of methods used.

The demolition should take six months to complete. We will ensure that the local community is kept informed throughout the project.

The purchase of land at the former paper making site means RWE become the landlords for Glenrothes Paper Ltd, which operates a paper business on the site and is a steam customer of the power station.

This announcement follows the recent Scottish Government confirmation of a grant of £8.5 million from its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to the Glenrothes District heating scheme. RWE will submit an initial planning application for the energy centre early September.

Ian Calvert, RWE’s Head of Commercial Asset Management (Markinch) ”This is a significant step forward for RWE. We are proud to be a key part of the Glenrothes District Heating scheme, which will provide affordable heat to many local homes and help to reduce emissions.”

For more information about the demolition please contact the RWE community hotline on 08450770150.