17 March 2015 by Will Date

Shanks delivers first RDF to Ferrybridge Multifuel plant

Shanks has delivered the load of first refuse derived fuel (RDF) for incineration at the 570,000 tonnes-per-year capacity Ferrybridge Multifuel 1(FM1) facility in West Yorkshire.

The plant has been built as part of a joint venture between energy and gas supplier SSE plc and Wheelabrator – Multifuel Energy Limited (MEL). FM1 is located at the site of the SSE Ferrybridge power station near Knottingley.

The team from Shanks, SSE and Wheelabrator at the Ferrybridge tipping hall

The team from Shanks, SSE and Wheelabrator at the Ferrybridge tipping hall

The £300 million facility has been under construction for three years and employs a total of 46 full time staff. MEL has also applied to build and operate a second Multifuel power station (known as FM2) at the Ferrybridge site.

Milton Keynes-based waste management firm Shanks is to deliver 200,000 tonnes of RDF to the facility from its mechanical biological treatment (MBT) plants at Rotherham, Cumbria and Wakefield.

The Rotherham MBT plant, which treats household residual waste on behalf of the Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham (BDR) partnership, took its first delivery of waste for treatment last month.

Peter Eglinton, managing director of Shanks’ UK municipal division, said: “As a leading waste-to-product business that is focused on avoiding landfill, we are proud to deliver the first fuel to be turned into low carbon energy at FM1. By creating high quality fuels, not only are we able to make more from waste, but we are also helping to meet the renewable energy needs of our customers under long term agreements.”


In recent years a large proportion of the RDF produced in the UK has been exported to Europe for treatment, particularly to countries such as the Netherlands and Germany where there is overcapacity in the energy from waste market.

But, more facilities like FM1 are coming online in the UK and it is expected that this will shift the market away from having to export RDF overseas for treatment.

Rhys Stanwix, director of thermal development at SSE, said: “Shanks and MEL began working together very early on in the development process of FM1. Having Shanks on board helped MEL to secure some of the large local fuel contracts, which helped to secure the £300 million investment needed to build FM1. The first fuel delivery to FM1 marks a huge milestone for this partnership.”

Gary Aguinaga, Managing Director of Wheelabrator Technologies UK operations, added: “The delivery of the first fuel from Shanks is a major milestone for the FM1 project. This milestone marks the beginning of a thorough period of commissioning, leading to the plant being fully commercially operational before the end of 2015.”


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