Burmeister & Wain Scandinavian Contractor (BWSC) is pleased to announce that the combined heat and power plant (CHP) Kent Renewable Energy, with a capacity of 27 MW, has successfully commenced operations.
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 on 13 September 2018, only 25 months after Financial Close and two months ahead of schedule, to specification and within budget.
Anders Heine Jensen, CEO, BWSC says “We have worked closely with the local authorities and our business partners Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners, Estover, EuroForest and Discovery Park to lead the construction and take the plant into commercial operation ahead of schedule, to specification, within budget and with zero Lost Time Incidents. The project illustrates the value of the close cooperation between strong financial and industrial players in the energy sector resulting in successful delivery and attractive business opportunities for all parties. We look forward to continued corporation for the next 20 years, during which BWSC will be operating the plant”
Kent Renewable Energy is majority-owned by Copenhagen Infrastructure II (CI II), a fund managed by Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners. CI II owns the plant together with BWSC and Estover Energy, who has developed the project.
The plant capacity of 27 MW will be sufficient to serve roughly 50,000 homes and offset 100,000 t 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 permanently be 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 respectably.