Markinch whistle stop visit from MP
Last week Peter Grant (MP) for Glenrothes, Fife, and MP for the constituency that our Markinch CHP biomass plant is within came to the Scottish site. It might be parliamentary recess, however local MP Peter made time to visit the power plant, meet the team and have a site tour.
Mr Grant was keen to understand more about the general operations and how the plant has operated since its main steam customer went into administration a few years ago. The MP’s other purpose for the visit was to understand more about the proposed energy centre that is a critical part of the new Glenrothes Energy Network, a district heating network that plans to provide heat to hundreds of homes and businesses in Fife.
Mark Picton, Markinch site manager said, ”It’s great to have important stakeholders in the area taking an interest in the plant. He met the management team and took time to talk to the control room shift. He was very positive towards the District Heating Scheme, particularly noting the longer term benefits the Scheme would offer in local employment. He also noted the important of reducing the costs of heating for local residents in the long term and helping to reduce CO2 emissions.”
MP Peter Grant commented on the visit, “It was very impressive to see the Biomass Plant up close and to hear at first-hand about the options being considered for the District Heating Scheme.
“The Biomass Plant is the largest plant of its kind on this island and is contributing to the economy of Mid-Fife in many ways.
“The Markinch plant delivers a reduction in fossil fuel carbon dioxide emissions of around 150,000 tonnes per annum, delivering a major contribution to renewable energy consumption targets.”
The site also hosted a visit with Jenny Gilruth, MSP for Mid Fife and Glenrothes, next week . Jenny is a member of both the Local Government and Communities Committee and the Health & Sport Committee, and is Parliamentary Liaison Officer to John Swinney MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills. She has been a strong supporter of the station in the past, having already visited the site over the past 12 months to understand more about how a power plant operates.
The demolition of the former Tullis Russel building that was recently purchased in order to develop the Energy Centre is progressing well. The demolition team, Erith, have erected fencing, established a site compound and are operating twelve hours a day, six days a week.
Picture L-R Stevie Wield, Jake Allan, Drew Baird, Peter Grant, MP