Estover Energy moves forward with biomass CHP project

By Erin Voegele | October 24, 2013

U.K.-based Estover Energy Ltd. recently announced it has received planning consent from Dover District Council to proceed with a biomass-fired combined-heat-and-power (CHP) facility at Discovery Park at Sandwich, Kent, which is located in the southeast region of England. According to Estover, the £65 million ($104.94 million) facility will have the capacity to generate 11-15 megawatts (MW) of power and 8-12 MW of heat. Construction on the project is expected to begin during the spring of 2014.

Once complete, the proposed plant will take in locally sourced low-grade wood as fuel. Information released by Estover specifies the feedstock will come solely from local forestry and woodlands, primarily within an 80 mile radius.

Data published by the company notes that there are 790,000 acres of woodland in the southeast and London areas of England, with only 46 percent of that land currently managed. As a result, approximately 430,000 acres of woodland in the region are without a long-term management plan or economic use.

Discovery Park is a leading European science and technology park. Estover noted the location was chosen for the plant due to its Enterprise Zone status and extensive existing infrastructure. 

The project is expected to create up to 100 temporary construction jobs. Once fully operational, the project is expected to support 20 permanent jobs onsite and support 20 additional jobs within the supply chain.

 “That our proposal was granted consent is testament to the council’s commitment to renewables and its support for Discovery Park and the wider community around Sandwich,” said Andrew Troup, development director of Estover Energy. “Our new biomass plant will help meet the energy challenges of the next two decades, it will be a great boost to the local economy and will stimulate long-overdue investment in the South East’s woodlands.”