Caunton Engineering constructed their fifth power plant for Burmeister and Wain Scandinavian Contractor A/S (BWSC) in as many years. The project in question was constructed to be a £160 million bio-mass fired combined heat and power plant for Discovery Park, Sandwich, Kent. Discovery Park has quickly established itself as one of Europe’s leading science and technology parks.
The new plant will eventually produce all the power and heat requirements for the site’s 150 plus companies. This will be Kent’s first biomass power plant and will have a capacity of 27.8 MW and will be fired primarily with virgin wood sourced in the UK, including coppice grown locally in Kent and East Sussex.
The project required over 800te of structural steelwork to frame the Boiler House, the Turbine Hall, fuel storage buildings, a conveyor support, woodchip buildings and secondary steelwork. Caunton’s technical team were responsible for designing the connections - the crane connections are to EXC3. Caunton also supplied, fabricated, fire protected, and erected the steelwork. The secondary steelwork is being supplied by Caunton’s Secondary Steelwork Division.
This project is contributing to the UK Government’s commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050 by means of zero carbon energy production.