New venture for Scots companies

Firms combine to fire up biomass market

Scot HeatTwo Scottish heating firms have unveiled a partnership which they believe will revolutionise the use of biomass for energy production.

Broxburn-based Scot Heat & Power, is one of Scotland’s largest independent suppliers of biomass fuel stock, will work closely with Cochran based in Annan and the UK’s oldest and largest supplier of industrial steam and hot-water boiler plant.

They expect their new venture will enable them to target a wider market and offer a complete package of biomass boiler, heat recovery equipment, fuel supply, handling, and clean-up equipment.

They will also be able to offer an integrated system solution that qualifies for the UK government Renewable Heat Incentive scheme.

One of the criteria for RHI qualification is to demonstrate that reliable fuel supply contracts are in place – and this is an area in which Scot Heat & Power has excelled.

The partnership will further draw on Cochran’s project experience in designing, manufacturing, installing and servicing larger industrial steam and hot-water systems, allowing it to offer the integration of biomass systems with conventional oil and gas-fired back-up plant.

Scot Heat & Power managing director, Malcolm Snowie, said: “We think it is the perfect fit for an industrial biomass market that’s looking to ever more efficient and cost-effective solutions.”

Tom Ritchie, managing director of Cochran, said: “We believe that Scot Heat & Power’s existing market exposure, through the supply of biomass fuel and equipment, can be meaningfully enhanced by Cochran’s steam and hot-water system expertise, as well as the technical and nationwide service support that we offer, providing a complete energy solution.”

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