Work has begun on a new £140 million biomass, renewable energy plant, which will eventually produce all the power and heat requirements for Discovery Park.
BWSC one of the world’s leading power plant contractors took possession of the development site this month marking the start of a project that will take around two years to complete.
It will create 300 jobs during its construction phase. Biomass fuel will be sourced from various wood types.
Paul Barber, Managing Director, Discovery Park, commented: “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.”
The start of work on the new biomass plant coincides with a step up in activity on site with Instro Precision’s 46 000 ft2 new manufacturing plant.
Works on the west site development land have also begun with a new 20 000 ft2 unit for specialist timber frame company, OFP Timber Framed Homes Ltd, safeguarding 40 jobs.
Edited from press release by Angharad Lock
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