28 October 2015 by Tom Goulding

Ferrybridge 2 plant wins DECC approval

Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL) will push ahead with plans to construct a second energy-from-waste facility at Ferrybridge, after the plant was granted planning consent by the government today (October 28).

The £300 million South Yorkshire facility will process up to 675,000 tonnes of RDF from municipal and commercial waste sources each year, as well as capacity to burn wood according to the Department for Energy & Climate Change (DECC). It will produce an estimated 70MW of electricity for the National Grid.

The FM2 facility will be built adjacent to FM1, pictured, which began operations in August

The FM2 facility will be built adjacent to FM1, pictured, which began operations in August

MEL – a joint venture between energy provider SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies – will operate the plant alongside its existing Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) project – which began operations in August this year (see letsrecycle.com story).

The Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) today gave the green light for the plant to be built on land adjacent to FM1.


Energy minister Lord Bourne, who signed off on the development, said the project would bring a much needed boost to the government’s ‘Northern Powerhouse’ plans.

The project is expected to create around 500 construction and 40 operational jobs with a boost of ‘at least £10 million’ to the local economy before the facility goes online in 2019.

He said: “This exciting project that will turn waste into energy is a great example of how innovation can help to power our homes and add to our energy mix.

FM1, FM2 in the context of the exisiting C plant at Ferrybridge

FM1, FM2 in the context of the exisiting C plant at Ferrybridge

“This project will offer secure energy to Britain’s hardworking families and businesses, creating jobs and financial security for working people and boosting the Northern Powerhouse.”

MEL has meanwhile confirmed that engagement with local stakeholders, community groups and businesses will continue as the plans for construction progress.


Tom Maillet, director of engineering and operations for MEL, added: “We are delighted that the Secretary of State has made the decision to grant planning permission for the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 project. We believe that the Multifuel 1 project, which is fully operational, and the Multifuel 2 project can make a positive, low carbon contribution to the UK’s electricity supply and help to reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“We believe that these projects represent the next generation of power generation at the Ferrybridge site and will help to generate important economic benefits for the local area. Following a final investment decision, construction is expected to begin in 2016.”

Combined, the two Ferrybridge facilities will have capacity to treat around one million tonnes of refuse-derived fuel per year – making it one of the largest domestic waste infrastructure projects in the UK. They are located on the same site as the existing Ferrybridge C Power Station.


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