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Muir Construction completes Celtic Renewables Grangemouth – Scotland’s first biorefinery

Family-owned Muir Construction announced that it has completed the build of Scotland’s first multi-million-pound biorefinery, Celtic Renewables Ltd, at Caledon Green in Grangemouth. The timing is auspicious as the country hosts the COP26 conference in Glasgow from October 31 – November 12, 2021.

Muir Construction has completed the build of Scotland’s first multi-million-pound biorefinery, Celtic Renewables Ltd, at Caledon Green in Grangemouth. Alan Muir (left), David Fairweather, and John Muir from Muir Construction, John Stevenson, and Dr Martin Tangney from Celtic Renewables (photo courtesy Celtic Renewables).

The multi-million-pound plant will use Celtic Renewables’ proprietary Acetone-Butanol-Ethanol (ABE) fermentation process technology to convert 50 000 tonnes of process residues from local whisky distilleries into 1 million litres of high value sustainable biochemical products – acetone, butanol, and ethanol – to displace existing petrochemicals, as well as a sustainable high protein animal feed product.

Following a competitive tender, cleantech innovators Celtic Renewables appointed Fife-based Muir Construction.

Muir Construction impressed us not only with the design and build skills but more importantly their buy-in to the vision of Celtic Renewables to make a positive impact on the environment. We are excited about the positive impact we can make on climate change and see ourselves as part of the solution to the climate crisis. Muir Construction is a valued partner in helping us achieve this and the completion of construction of our first plant is a huge landmark for Celtic Renewables. Our plan is to build five large-scale refineries worldwide in the next five years and we are looking for backing from governments and other investors to join this exciting opportunity to make a positive impact while delivering commercially, said John Stevenson, Managing Director of Celtic Renewables.

Recognizing the positive contribution Celtic Renewables will make to the planet’s future, whilst delivering excellent commercial returns, the Muir board also invested in the company.

As many construction companies look towards utilizing cleaner energy sources in their production operations Muir Construction is going a step further through their development and investment programme. We are genuinely excited about the future potential of Celtic Renewables’ products in assisting us in reducing the construction operation’s carbon footprint on future projects. With a large fleet of earthmoving equipment and tippers, the potential to reduce the use of petrochemicals is at the forefront of Muir Construction’s strategy to achieve Carbon Neutral status, said Jim Muir, Founder, and President of Muir Construction.

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