KIRK UK successfully completed a state-of-the-art £200M Biomass Plant at Markinch, near Glenrothes, for one of the UK’s leading paper companies, tullis Russell.
KIRK UK successfully completed a state-of-the-art £200M Biomass Plant at Markinch, near Glenrothes, for one of the UK’s leading paper companies, Tullis Russell.
Three Poured In Situ Concrete Silos were constructed, each with a self-supporting galvanised mild steel roof. The silos measured 19.5m in diameter and reached a height of 18m (excluding the roof), each with a storage capacity of 5,074m3. The plant has been constructed for the storage of both virgin and recycled woodchips and is set to consume approx. 400,000 tonnes of biomass per year. The process will generate over 50MW of renewable energy which will be used to power the plant itself and export a significant amount into the national grid.
The state-of-the-art biomass plant will provide Tullis Russell with the steam they require for drying paper, as well as their main electricity supply, helping to safeguard a total of 540 jobs at Markinch and reducing the papermill’s CO2 emissions by approx. 250,000 tonnes each year.
The KIRK UK Poured In Situ Concrete Tank solution offered Tullis Russell with a fast and efficient alternative to traditional design and construction techniques whilst maintaining all of the strength and design life requirements you would expect from a concrete structure. Our specially designed in-house adjustable formwork system allowed for the bespoke design requirements of the project to be achieved providing significant benefits in both capital costs and programme.
The galvanised mild steel roofs were specifically designed using the latest explosion simulation technology. This enabled the design to be tailored to the specific conditions the project required and allowed for the correct placement of explosion panels within the roof construction.