Enfinium’s ‘£800m’ plan for Ferrybridge carbon capture progresses

Proposals from energy from waste (EfW) operator Enfinium to install carbon capture on the two incinerators at its Ferrybridge site have moved forward. 

Enfinium's Ferybridge 1 site, which has a capacity of 725,000 tonnes of waste per year

In an update yesterday (26 February) the company said the plans —  announced by Enfinium last year (see letsrecycle.com story) —have been directed to be a project of national significance by the secretary of state for energy security and net zero.

The company said the move from the government is “an important step in the planning and consenting programme”,  with a statutory consultation due to take place later this year

Enfinium would then submit an application for development consent to the Planning Inspectorate in late 2025.


Combined, the Ferrybridge 1 and 2 facilities, located in Knottingley, West Yorkshire convert over 1.4 million tonnes of non-recyclable waste into locally generated energy, capable of powering approximately 350,000 homes annually.

The company said the move could potentially saves around 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide every year, equating to 6.5% of the government’s annual carbon capture and storage ambition.


Mike Maudsley, chief executive of Enfinium, said: “This designation is an important step in realising our ambition to turn Ferrybridge into one of Europe’s biggest carbon removal projects.

“Carbon capture at Ferrybridge will deliver jobs in the green economy, decarbonise unrecyclable waste produced across the North of England and support West Yorkshire’s plans to have a Net Zero economy by 2038.”


Paul Green, vice president of business development of enfinium, added: “Carbon capture at Ferrybridge is a critical infrastructure project for the UK. We look forward to commencing our planning and consenting programme this year and sharing our plans with West Yorkshire communities and key stakeholders.”

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