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Biomass combined heat

5th Nov 2018

The Kent Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant officially began commercial operations at the end of September.

The plant will generate 27MW of renewable electricity at its base in Sandwich and will be fuelled by locally-sourced wood. The power and heat will be supplied to the Discovery Park, a science park in Kent, with any excess being fed into the local electricity grid.

Kent Renewable Energy Ltd is majority owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners K/S (CIP), a Danish infrastructure fund. Developed by Estover Energy Ltd and built by Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC), the plant will generate the equivalent of supplying 50,000 homes and saving more than 100,000 tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually.

Christina Grumstrup Sørensen, senior partner of CIP, said: “We couldn’t be happier to have formally opened our combined heat and power plant. It has been great to celebrate the day with our customer, Discovery Park and some of their tenants and our Danish partners and investors, together with many of the authorities and organizations whose work with us has been invaluable in bringing our project to fruition.”

Cllr. Sue Chandler, Chairman of Dover District Council, said: “We know what great opportunities and skilled people we have in our area and it is wonderful to know this is also recognised at an international level. We are delighted that such high calibre European companies wish to invest in the UK and in our part of Kent in particular. The investment in the renewable energy plant at Discovery Park reinforces their commitment to the local area and we look forward to working with them for many years to come.”

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