Biomass plant roadshow shares progress on renewable energy scheme

Posted on 24/11/16

The team behind the £160m biomass plant under construction at Discovery Park were on site this month to update businesses on a scheme that will transform the way they receive their heating and power.

Kent Renewable Energy Ltd is the name of the company leading the project, which will produce all the energy requirements for the 150 plus companies located at one of the UK’s leading science and technology business parks.

The go-ahead for what will be Kent’s first biomass plant was granted in the summer when Dover District Council approved the final details of the scheme and Copenhagen Infrastructure II K/S, a Scandinavian pension investment fund, approved the investment.

Burnmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) will undertake the two-year construction on behalf of Kent Renewable Energy Ltd.. The project is expected to take over two years to complete and will open in the latter half of 2018.

Kent Renewable Energy Ltd General Manager, Tim Forrest, said: “This roadshow event was a great way of meeting with businesses located at Discovery Park about the bio-mass proiect and how it will affect them.

“While the early civil works – including laying foundations and connecting utilities – have taken place, the New Year will see a significant upturn in activity on site and the project will begin to rise up from ground level.

“We will continue to update businesses and the wider community during the construction of the plant and will have a number of ways in which the team can be contacted throughout the process.

“There will undoubtedly be some disruption as the months go by and construction traffic around the site increases, but we will be doing all we can to keep that to a minimum. The end result will be worth it, with businesses enjoying sustainable and secure power and heat supplies for years to come.”

Once it is constructed, BWSC will operate and maintain the plant for up to 20 years. It will have a capacity of 27.8 MW and will be fired primarily with virgin wood sourced in the South of England, including coppice grown locally in Kent and East Sussex.

The entire biomass required will be provided through a long term contract with EuroForest, a Hampshire based forestry company. The plant will deliver CO2 savings of approximately 100,000 tonnes every year.

The project, which has been developed by Estover Energy Ltd, will be able to produce power corresponding to the power consumption of 50,000 households as well as secure supplies for Discovery Park.

It will create around 300 jobs during its construction phase and around 30 full time jobs once operational, plus a significantly greater number in the upstream forestry industry .

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