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Project Overview

Project Overview

Wheelabrator Technologies has submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate for two waste-to-energy projects. The first is for the construction and operation of Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3) 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. Our application was accepted for examination on 8 October 2019 by the Planning Inspectorate, and for more information on how to take part in the next stage of the process see here.

We consulted the public in 2017 regarding proposals for a power upgrade which would allow K3 to operate more efficiently to generate an increased amount of clean, renewable baseload electricity. We consulted again in 2018, this time including proposals for the K3 facility to process additional post-recycled waste, as well as consulting again on the power upgrade proposal along with WKN.

Following further guidance from the Planning Inspectorate we conducted a further consultation in 2019, so K3 can be properly categorised and consented under the Planning Act 2008.

This consultation reflects the fact Wheelabrator is seeking consent for construction of K3 at its total generating capacity of 75MW (49.9MW consented + 25.1MW upgrade), together with the separate proposed total tonnage throughput of 657,000 tonnes per annum (550,000 consented + 107,000 tonnage increase). Please note, however, that in practice no new or different works are being proposed to the K3 project that was detailed in our November/December 2018 consultation.

You can access material from our public consultation here.


Wheelabrator Kemsley (K3)

K3 currently has planning permission 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.

Wheelabrator has identified that the facility could generate up to 75MW (gross) of clean, renewable baseload energy which 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 would be enough to power more than 52,000 extra homes.

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’re also proposing to construct a new waste-to-energy facility on land immediately adjacent to K3, known as 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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