Work starts on £140m Kent biomass plant

Work starts on £140m Kent biomass plant

Work has begun on a new £140m biomass, renewable energy plant, which will eventually produce all the power and heat requirements for Kent’s Discovery Park.

BWSC, one of the world’s leading power plant contractors, took possession of the development site this month marking the start of a project that will take around two years to complete.

It will create 300 jobs during its construction phase and 30 full time jobs once operational. Biomass fuel will be sourced from various wood types, including coppice grown locally in Kent and East Sussex and will help to reduce the site’s carbon footprint.

Paul Barber, managing director at Discovery Park, said: “Discovery Park has from the start been a place for innovation and we have been successful in building on that past success over the past four years.

“The agreement to press ahead with the new biomass energy plant, not only represents a major investment in the site, but puts the park in the unique position of being supplied with a reliable source of green energy.

“The new biomass plant, is a vital part of ensuring the site’s ongoing success – part of a number of investments and ongoing work that will not only create jobs and prosperity for East Kent but increases its sustainability too.”

The start of work on the new biomass plant coincides with a step up in activity on site with Instro Precision’s 46,000 sq ft new manufacturing plant taking shape over the coming months ahead of a January 2017 launch.

The move for the security systems specialist secures 100 existing jobs with a further 50 jobs expected to be created.

Works on the west site development land have also begun with a new 20,000 sq ft unit for specialist timber frame company, OFP Timber Framed Homes Ltd, safeguarding 40 jobs.

 

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