Glenrothes Energy Network: News

Minister Visits Glenrothes Energy Network

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The new cabinet secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP visited Glenrothes Energy Network 9 August 2018.

The minister took time out of his busy schedule to tour the energy centre under construction and meet the team involved with the project.

Michael Matheson said: “District heating plays an important role in the transition to an affordable, low carbon heat system for Scotland. Glenrothes Energy Network demonstrates a strong partnership approach in delivering this and it was great to see first-hand how this district heating scheme will help tackle fuel poverty locally.

“Last year, we published Scotland’s first ever Energy Strategy which sets us firmly on course for an inclusive, innovative and low carbon energy future. The strategy sets out a vision for the future of energy across the country and will guide Scottish Government decisions over the coming decades.

“It highlights connections between the energy system and all parts of the economy, and its importance to sustainable, inclusive growth. We will continue to work with businesses in Scotland, helping them use their experience, adaptability and willingness to diversify in order to become more competitive.”

Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between the Scottish Government, RWE and Fife Council. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex. There will be an opportunity to expand the network to supply further homes across Glenrothes.

RWE will own the Energy Centre and provide the heat required for the network from its biomass plant; Fife Council will own the network and act as service provider and the Scottish Government is supporting the development through its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (match funded by the European Regional Development Fund). The project will be operational by the end of January 2019.

Steve Hicks, RWE Project Director commented: “We are proud to be part of this project and supply local businesses and homes with low carbon heat. Our contractors are developing the Energy Centre adjacent to Markinch CHP biomass plant and construction is well underway.”

Cllr Ross Vettraino, Fife Council’s spokesperson for the environment said: “Today was a great opportunity to meet Mr Matheson and share with him the innovative work happening in Fife through partnership working. “Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.” “This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.”

Work is progressing well at a number of sites in the centre of Glenrothes including the energy centre, where the steel frame has now gone up.

 

Update: Glenrothes Energy Network road works

Road works for Glenrothes Energy network are progressing well and work:

· started on the footpath behind Lidl on 16 July and should be completed by 17 August. The footpath will be closed during this time.

· will start at Flemington Road outside Morrisons on 25 July to 1 October. Traffic will be controlled by 3-way temporary traffic lights as work passes the car park entrances.

We apologise for any inconvenience and delay caused by these essential works, and we’ll try to keep any disturbance to a minimum. Your patience and co-operation during this time is greatly appreciated

Glenrothes Energy Network Road Works Start

Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex.

 

For the latest information on Glenrothes Energy Network and roadworks please visit www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk

Major roadworks will start on 2 July in multiple locations throughout central Glenrothes bringing Fife's largest district heating network to the town.

The areas affected first are:

· the far end of Flemington Road - 9 July to 16 August, traffic management will be in place, and

· Fife House car park - 2 July to 22 August, using a phased closure.

Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative district heating scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex.

Cllr Ross Vettraino, Fife Council’s spokesperson for the environment said: “Fife is once again leading the way in tackling climate change. Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help the council reach its goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.

“This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.

“These roadworks will extend for over 3 km in the heart of Glenrothes. Whilst every effort will be made to minimise disruption, inevitably there will be some inconvenience and traffic delays. Please can the public be patient and show their co-operation during these works.”

For the latest information on Glenrothes Energy Network and roadworks please visit www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk


WORK BEGINS ON GLENROTHES ENERGY NETWORK

A ground breaking ceremony for Glenrothes Energy Network took place on the 5th June, marking the beginning of construction for a state-of-the-art Energy Centre at RWE’s Markinch CHP biomass plant in Fife.

Members of RWE’s management team Steve Hicks and Mark Picton were joined by Fife Council officials, Cllrs Ross Vettraino and Fiona Grant, with Stephen Scott from Balfour Beatty and Scott Lutton from the newly appointed contractor Vital Energi.

Vital Energi were awarded the contract for the design and development of the Energy Centre by RWE after a comprehensive tender process. Following clearance of the land at the Markinch site, it was ready to hand over for construction in May. Balfour Beatty have been appointed as main contractor for the heat network, and they also appointed Vital Energi as their specialist sub-contractor.

Over the past few weeks, Vital Energi have established site accomodation and started the civil engineering works. A full works programme will begin at the end of June, starting with the building of the external structure.

Glenrothes Energy Network is a £24 million collaborative local heat scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex. There will be an opportunity to expand the network to supply further homes across Glenrothes.

RWE will own the Energy Centre and provide the heat required for the network from its biomass plant; Fife Council will own the network and act as service provider and Scottish Government is supporting the development through its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme (match funded by the European Regional Development Fund). The project will be operational by the end of January 2019.

Steve Hicks, RWE Project Director commented: “RWE is proud to be a part of this project. It is the first district heating scheme that we have been involved with in the UK. This project is important in providing low carbon heat to support national environmental ambitions. The success of this project is down to ongoing collaboration, energy and commitment from across all of the teams and businesses involved. District heating schemes are key to providing local communities and businesses with access to cheaper heat from efficient local sources, thereby cutting CO2 emissions.”

Cllr Ross Vettraino, Fife Council’s spokesperson for the environment said: “I’m delighted to see construction work starting on Glenrothes Energy Network. This project has been in the planning stages for a number of years and is an exemplar of partnership working and what it can achieve.

“Fife is once again leading the way in tackling climate change. Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.”

“This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.”

Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy Paul Wheelhouse said: “The Scottish Government are proud to support the Glenrothes Energy Network project through our Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme. This innovative and collaborative scheme is set to deliver low carbon and affordable heat to a range of domestic, commercial and industrial users, helping to tackle fuel poverty, providing lower cost, local energy for businesses and supporting our transition to a low carbon economy.”

Stephen Scott, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Central Scotland Delivery Unit, said: “At Balfour Beatty, we are passionate about leaving behind a positive environmental legacy wherever we work. Therefore, we are delighted to join together with RWE, Fife Council and Vital Energi today to celebrate the commencement of construction to the new Energy Centre in Fife.

“Together with our partners, we will help deliver the vast network needed to supply low carbon heat to a range of businesses, public premises and homes in Glenrothes which on completion, will help reduce carbon emissions and ultimately tackle climate change.”

Vital Energi Regional Director, Mike Cooke added: ”Vital Energi are delighted to have been appointed as RWE’s design and construction partner on this unique district energy project which will utilise renewable heat to serve the community of Glenrothes. The design and construction of the energy centre will be the quickest of its kind with heat on during the autumn having commenced construction in April. Close liaison with heat customers during system connections will see existing gas connections displaced by renewable heat generating improvements to air quality and a reduction in carbon emissions.”

For more information on the project please go to www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk

 

Greenlight for Glenrothes Energy Network

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Today (Monday 26 March 2018), members of Fife Council’s Policy and Co-ordination Committee approved the construction of a district heating network in Glenrothes town centre.

Fife Council’s Co-Leader David Ross said: “Today’s decision sees Fife once again leading the way in tackling climate change. Bringing a district heating scheme to Glenrothes will help us reach our goal of reducing carbon emissions by 42% by 2020.”

Co-Leader Cllr David Alexander added: “This is a major investment of nearly £24 million for Glenrothes town centre. It will not only provide clean sustainable energy but will help to secure jobs and reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes.”

Glenrothes Energy Network is a collaborative local heat scheme between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government. It will provide sustainable low carbon heat to a mix of industrial, commercial, community and domestic properties in Glenrothes as well as the Fife House complex.

Mark Picton, Markinch Site Manager said: “We are extremely pleased with the Committee’s decision today. We believe that the Glenrothes Energy Network delivers low carbon heat efficiently and cost-effectively. The scheme has the ability to grow and develop over the next 40 years: enabling thousands of homes and businesses to access the available heat from the power plant.

“We believe that this project is important environmentally and it could continue the very important work that Scotland has already done on de-carbonising its economy.”

Cllr Fiona Grant, Glenrothes Area Committee Convener said: "This is great news for Glenrothes. Millions will be invested in the heart of Glenrothes with the potential for significant further investment if the scheme is extended to include Warout and Auchmuty."

The district heating network will be operational by the end of January 2019, with building and development of the network and Energy Centre beginning in Spring 2018. For more information on the project please go to www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk


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Keith Winter, Fife Council Executive Director for Enterprise and Environment said: “Following confirmation that our bid for additional funding from the Scottish Government has been unsuccessful, we now need to consider the option with our funding partners to deliver a reduced scale district heating scheme.

“This would still appear to bring significant capital investment to Glenrothes, and could enable opportunities to access funding for future phases.”

Mark Picton, Markinch plant manager said: “It is important that the Glenrothes Energy Network delivers low carbon heat efficiently and cost-effectively to ensure the best possible results for all parties involved in the project. We believe schemes like this are important environmentally and could continue the very important work that Scotland has already done to decarbonise its economy. RWE is very supportive and we hope that a local heat project can be realised.”

 

Glenrothes Energy Centre planning application submitted Headline

  • The energy centre would provide heat for the Glenrothes Energy Network
  • Application for planning permission for the Energy Centre submitted

This week a planning application for an energy centre on the Markinch CHP biomass plant site has been submitted to Fife Council. This development marks a positive step forward in the Glenrothes Energy Network. Glenrothes Energy Network is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE and the Scottish Government.

RWE’s energy centre would utilise the excess steam from its existing biomass plant and transfer this into heat for distribution along the network of pipes laid beneath the ground as part of the Glenrothes Energy Network.

The planning application is for full planning permission for a building approximately 900 Meter Squared which would house district heating water recirculation pumps, ancillary plant and standby boilers. The development would also include an adjacent chimney or exhaust stack and outdoor storage units. The energy centre will be operated by the team at Markinch Power Station and will not require any additional workforce.

Markinch CHP biomass plant has an installed capacity of up to 60 MW, producing power for over 100,000 households fuelled from mostly waste wood products.

The planning application has now been registered and a decision is due by the end of 2017 with a full financial decision by RWE and Fife Council also expected by the end of the year. Only on receipt of full planning consent, a revised Pollution Prevention Control (PPC) permit and after thorough evaluation of the project economics would the Energy Centre be developed.

Demolition of the former Tullis Russell building adjacent to the power plant is progressing well. Once the building has been demolished the land will be used to develop the Energy Centre. Around 45% of the project has been completed with full site clearance expected by the end of the year.

Mark Picton Markinch site manager said; ”RWE is a proud partner in this project. Markinch biomass CHP plant provides power to thousands of homes and can now realise its full potential through the utilization of its heat. The Energy Centre would provide the heat required for the Glenrothes Energy Network – an affordable system to heat local homes and businesses and help reduce emissions.”

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


FURTHER STEP FORWARD FOR GLENROTHES ENERGY NETWORK

A full planning application has been submitted by Fife Council for the Glenrothes Energy Network.

Full plans for the scheme, which aims to supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes, are now available to view on line.

Glenrothes Energy Network is a partnership between Fife Council and RWE using heat from the RWE Markinch Biomass CHP plant which uses waste wood and sustainably sourced wood, with funding from Scottish Government. The Network could contribute significantly to ambitious climate change targets, potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses.

 

For more information visit www.glenrothesenergynetwork.co.uk


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.

(August 2017)


Site investigations for the proposed Glenrothes Energy Network

A small number of roadworks will start in Glenrothes town centre next week as part of the site investigations for the proposed Glenrothes Energy Network.

Starting from 31 July and lasting for approximately three weeks, eight trial pits and ten bore holes will be formed at various locations throughout the centre of Glenrothes. These works will identify the location of existing utility services so the energy network pipework avoids them and will establish general ground conditions along the proposed route of the network.

Some of the works may require partial closure of some roads for short periods of time. We’ll try to keep any disturbance to a minimum but would like to apologise in advance for any inconvenience and delay caused by the works. Your patience and co-operation during this time is greatly appreciated.

Proposals for the Glenrothes Energy Network are being developed in partnership by the Council and RWE to supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes. The scheme could also contribute significantly to Fife’s climate change targets and could potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses.

For more information on Glenrothes Energy Network please go to www.glenrothesenergynetwork.com


A step forward for the Glenrothes District Heating scheme

Tullis Russell Building purchased and demolition contactor appointed
Energy Centre plans to be submitted

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.

 

COUNCIL WELCOMES SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT INVESTMENT IN GLENROTHES HEAT

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Fife Council has welcomed the news that the Scottish Government has awarded £8.5 million from its Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme to the Glenrothes District heating scheme.

This funding is part of the Government’s Scottish Energy Strategy - to deliver around 50 per cent of the energy required for Scotland’s heat, transport and electricity needs from renewable sources by 2030.

Robin Presswood Head of Economy, Planning and Employability said: “We’re delighted to hear the Scottish Government are committing to this investment in Fife.

“Glenrothes Heat could contribute significantly to our ambitious climate change targets and could potentially reduce fuel poverty in Glenrothes households and provide cost savings for businesses. We’re looking forward to progressing this innovative low carbon heat project with RWE and the Scottish Government."

Glenrothes Heat is a collaboration between Fife Council, RWE Markinch Limited and the Scottish Government.

RWE’s Head of Biomass for RWE Markinch, Ian Calvert, also welcomed the announcement, saying: “Today’s announcement by the Scottish Government to award funding to Glenrothes District Heat scheme is a fantastic boost for the project.

“This scheme offers the opportunity to provide affordable heat to local businesses and homes and lowering carbon emissions through the use of hot water at the nearby Markinch power plant. We are proud to be part of this project and will work towards submitting planning permission for the Energy Centre in the coming months.”

Glenrothes Heat would supply low carbon heat to a range of business, community, public sector and domestic customers in the centre of Glenrothes. In March, a planning application notification was submitted to Fife Council for the construction of the heat distribution network. Consultation events have been held to inform local people about the scheme, and answer any questions about the construction and planning application. A full planning application will be informed by this consultation and issued later this year.

The district heating network will use the heat from RWE’s Markinch biomass CHP plant. In the coming weeks, RWE will submit a planning permission for an energy centre on its operational power station site. The unit will use steam from the power station’s turbine and transfer the heat through to the district heat system.

The Glenrothes District heating scheme is currently subject to planning, and final approval of the Business Case by members in autumn 2017.

(Published May 2017)

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