Paper firm DS Smith has been granted development consent by the secretary of state for a large new combined heat and power plant near Sittingbourne, Kent.
The company’s new CHP at Kemsley Paper Mill will be capable of providing 105MWth of steam, to be used by the mill and 73MW of electrical power, via gas and steam turbines.
Eon is set to deliver the new plant, due to start generating in 2021. Eon has said the project is its largest customer solutions contract in a decade.
Colin Smith, CEO for DS Smith Paper and Recycling divisions, said the firm “expects to see a 36,000 tons per year carbon reduction” as a result of the new plant.