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Project Overview

Project Overview

Wheelabrator Technologies is engaged in the early stages of preparing a DCO application for two waste-to-energy projects. The first is an amendment to the generating capacity and tonnage throughput of Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3), which is currently under construction, and the second is a new 42MW (gross) waste-to-energy facility, Wheelabrator Kemsley North (WKN).

Both facilities are located adjacent to DS Smith’s paper mill in Kemsley.

We consulted the public in 2017 regarding proposals for a power upgrade which would allow Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) to operate more efficiently to generate an increased amount of clean, renewable baseload electricity.

Since that consultation we have been reviewing our options for the site. Alongside the power upgrade proposal, we will now be seeking consent for the K3 facility to process additional post-recycled waste each year.

We are also proposing to construct a new waste-to-energy facility - Wheelabrator Kemsley North (WKN). WKN would be located on the land immediately adjacent to K3.

For more information on proposals and how to provide feedback, see our consultation pages.


Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) power upgrade

K3 currently has consent to generate up to 49.9MW (gross) clean, renewable baseload energy, enough to power over 100,000 homes, by processing up to 550,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste per year. K3 was granted planning permission in 2012 and is now under construction, with the facility expected to be operational by late 2019.

The proposed upgrade would enable the facility to generate up to 75MW (gross) of clean, renewable baseload energy and would be achieved by optimising the efficiency of the existing technology within the facility, allowing it to deliver higher amounts of clean, renewable baseload energy without altering its basic design or size. The additional clean, renewable baseload energy generated through the power upgrade would be enough to power more than 52,000 extra homes.


Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) tonnage throughput increase

The tonnage throughput increase would permit K3 to process an additional 107,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste each year in the event that there is an increase in the amount of time K3 can operate between routine maintenance. This will also allow us operational flexibility to manage the waste received.


Wheelabrator Kemsley North (WKN)

We are also now proposing to construct a new waste-to-energy facility on land immediately adjacent to K3, which would be called Wheelabrator Kemsley North (WKN).

WKN would be a new single line waste-to-energy plant capable of generating up to 42MW (gross), clean, renewable baseload electrical output by processing up to 390,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste per year. Alongside K3, WKN would also provide clean, renewable baseload electricity to the national grid. WKN will be designed to ensure optimal operational efficiency across the K3 and WKN facilities.

The WKN facility would be constructed immediately adjacent to the existing K3 facility. WKN would be capable of producing enough clean, renewable baseload energy to power more than 87,000 homes. Together, K3 and WKN would be capable of generating enough clean, renewable baseload energy to power more than 240,000 homes.

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