Waste to energy operator and developer, Wheelabrator Technologies, is inviting local businesses to find out more about new supply chain opportunities linked to the forthcoming operation of its 50 MW Wheelabrator Kemsley facility in Kent, UK.
The day-long meet the buyer event is being held at the Hempstead House Hotel in Bapchild on Thursday 28 March from 9am to 12.00, with a second session running from 13.00 to 16.00.
Businesses do not need an appointment and are welcome to drop in and meet the Wheelabrator team. The event will offer local suppliers and contractors the opportunity to discuss with members of the Wheelabrator Technologies team the types of goods and services that will be required by Wheelabrator Kemsley when it enters operations later this year.
These include a wide range of industrial and commercial product supplies and equipment / plant hire as well as general estates management and facilities maintenance services. Wheelabrator started building the facility in 2016 and expects it to be operational in late 2019.
Once operational, Wheelabrator Kemsley will process up to 550,000 tonnes of post-recycled waste each year and have a gross electrical generating capacity of 49.9 MW (gross). It will supply clean, renewable baseload energy to the grid as well as steam to the DS Smith Kemsley Paper Mill, helping reduce the Mill’s reliance on fossil fuels and its overall carbon footprint.
Wheelabrator recently consulted the community on proposals for a power upgrade, which would allow Wheelabrator Kemsley to generate up to 75 MW (gross) without any change to the basic design, size or look of the facility.
The power upgrade would allow Wheelabrator Kemsley to generate baseload power for 52,000 more homes than is currently the case. This would bring the equivalent homes powered by Wheelabrator Kemsley to over 156,000.
Wheelabrator Kemsley Plant Manager, Stuart Kirk, said:
“We know that the positive long-term economic impact to the local community during the construction and operation of Wheelabrator Kemsley will be in the millions of pounds.
“Once we’re operational, these benefits will come from major and routine maintenance projects requiring support from local businesses and contractors, as well as the services and supplies we need to run the facility on a day-to-day basis.
“We know there are lots of great suppliers, contractors and service providers in our local area and we want those businesses to come and introduce their skills and experience to Wheelabrator.”
Businesses wanting more information about the meet the buyer event can email: mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01233 503838.
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