Planning consent powers major plant
Work on a new energy efficient power plant for a major Kent company is now under way following a decision by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the work of the planning team at DHA.
Classified as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, the DHA-led application secured a Development Consent Order (DCO) for DS Smith to construct a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant to power its recycled paper mill.
Only the 71st Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project consented since the introduction of the Planning Act in 2008, this application saw DHA undertake the planning consultancy impact Assessment (EIA) with technical environmental input from the RPS Group.
The project comprises a gas turbine (52-57 MW), Waste Heat Recovery Boilers (105MW steam) and Steam Turbine (16MW) and will be built at the company’s Kemsley Paper Mill in Sittingbourne by Germany energy supplier E.ON.
The DCO was submitted to the Planning Inspectorate on behalf of DS Smith Paper in April 2018 and accepted later that month for examination. Local people, local authorities and other statutory bodies and interested parties were able to participate in the six-month examination period and the project was recently granted consent.
When operational it will replace an existing CHP plant, which currently supplies electricity and steam to the paper mill.