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Proposed biomass facility at Discovery Park

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Discovery Park announce new £140m biomass renewable energy plant

Proposed biomass facility at Discovery Park

Proposed biomass facility at Discovery Park

Discovery Park has announced that work is underway to construct a new £140million biomass plant that will provide the site with heat and power.

Danish power plant developer BWSC took possession of the site near Sandwich on 3 June and construction is projected to be finished in two years. The project is expected to create 300 jobs during the construction phase and 30 full time jobs once operational.

The project means the park will be supplied with a reliable source of green energy through various wood types, such as virgin wood chip supplied from the south east and coppice grown locally in Kent and East Sussex, with the aim 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," Barber said.

Also at Discovery Park work is starting on the development of a new 46,000 sq.ft. manufacturing plant for Instro Precision, which will secure 100 jobs and create 50 new ones when launched in January 2017.

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.

 

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