Kemsley Paper Mill power station

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Kemsley Paper Mill power station is an 81-megawatt (MW) gas-fired power plant in Kent County, United Kingdom.[1]


The map below shows the exact location of the power station in Kemsley - Sittingbourne, Kent County, United Kingdom.

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At the paper mill, a new gas-fired unit, K4, with electric-generating capacity of 68 MW, was proposed (as of November 2019) to be built and operated by E.On, to replace the existing K1 gas-fired unit with capacity of 81 MW capacity.[2]

Also a new waste-to-energy unit, K3, with 50 MW capacity was under construction (as of April 2020) by Wheelabrator Technologies.[3][4]

In 2021 "Kemsley CHP Limited" is listed in the T-4 Capacity Market 2024-2025 final auction results with a 2024 delivery date.[5][6] This would qualify it for government subsidies to guarantee electricity supply.[7]

Project Details

  • Sponsor: DS Smith[8]
  • Parent company: DS Smith PLC[9]
  • Location: Kemsley - Sittingbourne, Kent County, United Kingdom
  • Coordinates: 51.3637, 0.7354 (approximate)[10]
  • Gross capacity (operating): 81 MW[1] (planned retirement 2021)[8]
  • Gross capacity (proposed): 66 MW
    • Unit K4: combined-cycle with CHP[8], 66 MW[12] (to start 2024)[12]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kemsley 1, E.On website, accessed November 2019
  2. E.ON awarded major contract by DS Smith in the UK, E.On press release, March 15, 2019
  3. Kemsley energy from waste CHP plant agrees project finance package Green Investment Group, July 28, 2016
  4. Wheelabrator Kemsley, Wheelabrator Technologies, accessed April 2020.
  5. T4 DY2024-25 Final Results, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Mar 22, 2021
  6. The Drax gas plant is dead: But other new gas projects are a headache for the COP26 team, Ember, Feb 15, 2021
  7. Capacity Market, United Kingdom, Mar 1, 2019
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Development consent granted for Kemsley Paper Mill Combined Heat & Power plant, DS Smith website, July 19, 2019.
  9. DS Smith PLC, Global Legal Entity Identifier Foundation, accessed January 2020.
  10. Google Maps, accessed November 2019
  11. Digest of UK Energy Statistics (DUKES) United Kingdom Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
  12. 12.0 12.1 Capacity Market Register 2024-25 (T-4) - 13_04_2021, Electricity Market Reform Delivery Body, Apr 13, 2021