Wheelabrator Technologies to develop £340M Kent power plant

WCN Editorial Team 17 Aug 2016 EUROPE ENERGY & UTILITIES

Wheelabrator Technologies is set to begin construction work on a new £340M combined heat and power plant in Kent, UK.

The new Wheelabrator Kemsley facility will help divert 550,000t of waste annually from Kent and the South East of England that would have otherwise been sent to landfill sites or exported to Europe for treatment.

The facility, expected to be operational in 2019, will also generate steam for a neighbouring paper mill and produce 43MW of electricity at full capacity.

Wheelabrator UK managing director Paul Green said: “To achieve financial close is a significant milestone and I’m very proud of our team for making this possible, and excited to welcome a second facility in the UK to our fleet.”

Arup associate director and energy & waste buildings business leader Ben Glover said: “As an industry we are increasingly acknowledging how valuable waste is as a resource for generating energy, but also the treatment of waste through an energy-from-waste plant reduces greenhouse gas emissions.

“Facilities like these are shining examples of how great engineering can produce both environmental and economic benefits.”

Wheelabrator is set to commence construction work on the project this month after an agreement was reached with all parties on its plans. The project is expected to create around 40 full time jobs.

CNIM Group will serve as the project’s principal contractor, Clugston Construction as the civil contractor, and Arup as the lead building designer.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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