1 July 2016 by Tom Goulding

Hitachi to deliver second Ferrybridge EfW plant

A contract to deliver Multifuel Energy Ltd’s second major energy from waste plant at Ferrybridge has been awarded to Hitachi Zosen Inova this week, the Swiss firm’s ninth project in the UK.

The technology provider announced yesterday (30 June) that it would be constructing the estimated £277 million Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) plant in South Yorkshire – designed to treat 570,000 tonnes of municipal and commercial waste-derived fuel per year.

The FM2 facility will be built adjacent to FM1, pictured, which began operations in August 2015

The FM2 facility will be built adjacent to FM1, pictured, which began operations in August 2015

Hitachi was previously employed as technology provider and general contractor the first Ferrybridge EfW plant by Multifuel Energy Limited– a joint venture between energy provider SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies – in August 2015 (see letsrecycle.com story).

The venture’s second facility, which will be capable of producing an estimated 70MW of power to the National Grid, was awarded planning consent by the Department for Energy & Climate Change in October.


Cited by energy minister Lord Bourne as integral 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 (see letsrecycle.com story).

The two MEL plants are situated on the same site as the existing Ferrybridge C Power Station. When completed, the Ferrybridge project will be able treat more than one million tonnes of waste across four boiler lines – ranking it among the largest EfW sites in Europe.

And, with a thermal boiler capacity of 117.4 MW, FM2 is also expected to achieve the same efficiency as its sister plant.


Charlie Cryans, head of construction for SSE UK and Ireland, said: “Hitachi Zosen Inova proved itself to be an exceptionally constructive and reliable partner in the realization of FM1. We therefore have absolute confidence in working with them again and anticipate as with FM1 that jobs will be created either direct or indirect as a consequence of the FM2 project.”

Hitachi chief executive, Franz-Josef Mengede, added: “We are proud to be chosen for a repeat order by SSE based on trust in our technological performance as well as our capability to deliver complex turn-key projects safely, on time and at a high quality level.”

Arrangements for feedstock supply to FM2 have yet to be signed. At present, Shanks delivers around 200,000 tonnes of RDF to the FM1 facility from its mechanical biological treatment plants at Rotherham, Cumbria and Wakefield.


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