Glenrothes MSP welcomes noise reduction investment at Biomass Plant

Published date : 16 Sep 2021

£200,000 investment secured following MSP’s partnership working with the local community 

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16 September 2021
Mid Fife and Glenrothes MSP, Jenny Gilruth, has welcomed the installation of noise reduction technology at the RWE Biomass Plant in Markinch.
RWE made the £200,000 investment in new ‘acoustic shielding’ to reduce noise pollution associated with the plant’s Steam Turbine Generator, following work between the MSP and members of the local community.


The Glenrothes MSP has been working with members of the local community since 2018 to ensure the community’s concerns were heard directly and addressed by RWE and regulators through a series of liaison meetings and correspondence. 
After consultation with The Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA), RWE conducted a best available technique (BAT) assessment to find a solution to minimise the tonal noise, which followed feedback from the local community. 

During the MSP’s recent visit to the Biomass Plant, RWE confirmed that the acoustic shielding installation was completed on 15 July and that the tonal noise had reduced by 18 decibels.
SEPA are due to conduct their own assessment of the effectiveness of the acoustic shielding in October.
Speaking after visit to the RWE Biomass Plant, Jenny Gilruth MSP said:

“I was delighted to visit the Biomass Plant and see first-hand the new acoustic shielding. The installation is a significant investment in the power plant from RWE and I’m grateful that they have listened and responded to the community’s concerns.”

Kathrin Schmelter, Markinch CHP biomass plant manager said:


“RWE is committed to improving the efficiency of the plant, with both technical and physical investments. It is also important that we look for ways to minimise the impact our operations have on the local community. RWE is proud to be a part of the local community many of our staff live locally, we will continue to work with local stakeholders and look for constant improvements.”


A member of the community group said: 


“We have all persevered in our endeavour to cut down the night time noise to enable a night's sleep. Liaison with SEPA, RWE, Fife Council and the Community Council has produced helpful ways to move forward.


“Jenny Gilruth MSP has been a strength in the community and has been an invaluable support through it all.”






  • Please find attached a selection of images from Jenny’s visit to RWE to see the acoustic shielding.


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