Palm Paper to install CHP plant to reduce dependency on use of imported energy at its King's Lynn newsprint mill in the UK

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Palm Paper to install CHP plant to reduce dependency on use of imported energy at its King's Lynn newsprint mill in the UK

September 12, 2012 - 21:46
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NORFOLK, UK, Sept. 3, 2012 (Press Release) -Palm Paper King's Lynn mill began production of newsprint grades in August 2009 and in July 2012 King's Lynn PM7 machine produced the one millionth tonne. With production ahead of forecast levels Palm Paper seeks to reduce its dependency on the use of imported energy and has now committed to bringing further inward investment to the King's Lynn area, through the development of a proposed Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant in an environmentally acceptable and sustainable manner.

Combined Heat and Power, is the process whereby a power generating plant supplies heat, in the form of steam or hot water to another user. A CHP plant achieves a higher overall thermal efficiency compared with power generation alone.

Palm Paper is in consultation with King's Lynn & West Norfolk Borough Council regarding this installation and is awaiting a Scoping opinion from the Planning Inspectorate.

The proposed development is to construct and operate a Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) Power Station to be known as Palm Paper 3 CCGT. The new CCGT will burn natural gas exclusively and with efficiency above 84%, it will be extremely energy efficient in providing electricity and steam for the paper mill.

The location of Palm Paper 3 CCGT will be within the boundary of Palm Paper King's Lynn mill site. The fuel will be Natural Gas to generate 55 - 65 MW of Electricity and 100 tonnes of steam (high & low pressure) per hour.

The next steps are Palm Paper is due to receive a Scoping Opinion from the Planning Inspectorate by mid-October.

Consultation with the public could therefore start mid-October. At the same time, between mid-October and mid-November, consultation with Local Community and Authorities, Statutory Bodies will take place, these being King's Lynn Borough Council, EA, Natural England, Regional Planning Bodies, Health and Safety Exec and other interested parties.

Based on the Scoping Opinion and results from the consultation, an Environmental Statement will be prepared in December.