Biomass, Europe

Kent

A biomass plant of 28 MW located in Sandwich, Kent

Kent Renewable Energy is located in Sandwich, Kent and produces renewable heat and power which is delivered to nearby business and science park, Discovery Park, and to local power consumers connected to UKPN’s grid. Fuel is locally sourced wood supplied by EuroForest. The plant commenced commercial operations in September 2018 only 25 months after Financial Close and two months ahead of schedule, to specification and within budget. The EPC contractor BWSC has successfully led the construction and taken the plant into commercial operations with a very impressive safety culture with zero Lost Time Incidents.

Kent Renewable Energy is majority-owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II) and owns the plant together with BWSC and Estover Energy, who has developed the project. CI II has invested GBP ~150m equity in Kent Renewable Energy.

The plant capacity of 28MW will be sufficient to serve roughly 50,000 homes and offset 100,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year. The project has created the equivalent of more than 250 direct full-time jobs during the construction phase and approx. 30 jobs will be permanently established on site to operate the plant for its lifetime of 20 years. Kent Renewable Energy will operate under the Renewables Obligation Certificate (ROC) regime and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) for power and heat respectively.

50,000

Estimated equivalent households powered annually while operational (total project)

100,000

Tonnes in CO2 emissions offset per year (total project).

Project start:

Q3 2016

Commercial operation:

Q3 2018

Status:

In operation

Location:

Kent, UK

Capacity:

28MW

Technology:

Combined heat and power plant (CHP)

CO2 footprint:

Offsets 100,000 tonnes in CO2 emissions per year

Investing fund:

Copenhagen Infrastructure II