Green light for gas-fired power plant in UK’s largest paper recovery mill

The energy secretary has rubber stamped the construction of a large combined heat and power gas-fired plant in Kent, but the developer will need to consult with the Environment Agency (EA) over groundwater protection issues.

Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy secretary Greg Clark last week granted a development consent order for the Kemsley Paper Mill (K4) combined heat and power (CHP) plant, near Sittingbourne.

The plant is categorised a nationally significant infrastructure project under the Planning Act 2008. Some variations to the consent were made by the Planning Inspectorate and agreed by the energy secretary, including the need for the EA to be consulted on groundwater.

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