A £30m biomass energy scheme with the potential to heat thousands of homes is being proposed in Lochaber.
The wood-fuelled station is planned for lland near at Fort William
Tanaris Ltd has signed a deal with aluminium manufacturer Alcan to build a biomass combined heat and power station on land it owns at Fort William.
The energy company said the scheme could create 200 jobs during the construction phase and 30 permanent staff once operational.
It has been designed to operate on wood from local forests.
Tanaris hopes to begin construction next year and begin generating power within two years.
The company said it would provide enough electricity for the equivalent of more than 40,000 homes.
When fully operational it would have an output of more than 18 megawatts of electricity, it said.
If successful in Fort William, Tanaris long-term plan is to build similar stations around the country.