Estover Gains Approval for Southeast U.K. Wood-to-Power Plant

Estover Energy Ltd. won approval to build a 65 million-pound ($105 million) plant in southeast England that will use wood to produce heat and power.

Construction of the plant in Kent is expected to begin early next year and will create about 100 jobs, the Edinburgh-based company said today in a statement on its website. Power will be fed into the national grid and should be sufficient to supply about 21,000 homes, it said.

The U.K. expects 15 percent of its energy to come from renewable sources by 2020 compared with 9.4 percent now. The government estimates as much 30 percent of that may be sourced from biomass plants that use municipal waste, wood and straw. Estover’s plant will have power capacity of 11 megawatts to 15 megawatts and heat capacity of 8 megawatts to 12 megawatts.

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