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A NEW wood chip boiler has been installed at a community heating project in Wick as part of a £2.5 million investment by Ignis Biomass Ltd.
That was confirmed yesterday by company director Craig Ibbetson who said the 3.5 megawatt boiler is the first step in a bid to expand the scheme.
He added the company is providing renewable energy to Pulteney Distillery in addition to supplying the district heating network.
“The district heating scheme supplies nearly 200 homes with affordable, renewable energy. Our agreement to supply steam to Pulteney Distillery is a major part of the development plan that will allow us to expand the coverage of the scheme and we expect to add new customers during
2013,” said Mr Ibbetson.
The new boiler was installed at the company’s energy centre near the distillery just before Christmas. The system then underwent tests and procedures before taking over from the previous oil-fired boiler.
“The new boiler is the first step in our plan to increase the supply of
affordable and sustainable energy to homes and businesses in Wick,” said Mr Ibbetson, who pointed out the company is holding discussions with several organisations about getting involved in the heating scheme.
The company sources its wood from forests in Caithness – a move which Mr Ibbetson said will help create and secure jobs in the Highlands.
He said Ignis will soon begin installing sm...