Tayside and Central Scotland

New 20MW wood-burning biomass plant proposed for Perth

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Image caption The biomass plant has been proposed at a site used as farmland to the west of the industrial estate

A proposed 20MW wood-burning biomass plant is to be discussed by Perth and Kinross Council.

A proposal of application notice has been lodged for a renewable energy facility at the Inveralmond industrial estate.

The plant would feature four 40m tall stacks and would burn up to 200,000 tonnes of timber a year.

Three major biomass projects in other Scottish cities were dropped earlier this year.

A full planning application is expected in due course, and the proposal is to be debated by the council's development management committee next week to identify potential issues with the scheme.

The proposed development, on two hectares of land currently used for agriculture directly to the west of the industrial estate, would export electricity to the national grid as well as providing heat to surrounding developments and businesses.

Public exhibition

Forth Energy pulled out of plans for similar wood-burning biomass plants in Rosyth, Grangemouth and Dundee earlier this year after key backer Scottish and Southern Energy announced it was pulling back from renewable energy.

Plans for the 100MW Dundee plant, which would have featured a 90m tall stack, had been rejected by the city council.

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency, Scottish Water, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland and Transport Scotland are among the bodies likely to be consulted over the Inveralmond plans.

A public exhibition of the plans will be held at St Johnstone FC's McDiarmid Park football ground on Friday, before it is discussed by councillors on 15 October.

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