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EfW plant exports electricity to the grid

An energy-from-waste (EfW) facility, in the final stages of construction, is exporting electricity to the grid for the first time.

The Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) plant in West Yorkshire can burn a range of materials that would have ended up in landfill, including refuse-derived fuels from sources of municipal, commercial and industrial waste.

The facility (above) is expected to produce enough low-carbon electricity to power around 160,000 homes once full commercial operations begin.

The plant is owned by Multifuel Energy (MEL), a joint venture between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies, and is being built on land next to the existing Ferrybridge C coal-fired power station near Knottingley.

MEL director of engineering and operations Tom Maillet said: “Exporting electricity to the grid is a key milestone for the project. We expect the plant to be fully commercially operational within the coming months.”

Franz-Josef Mengede, chief executive of Hitachi Zosen Inova, the main contractor for the facility, said: “We are proud to deliver a plant that sets a new standard in fuel flexibility, size and energy efficiency.”

MEL has applied to build and operate a second Multifuel power station at the Ferrybridge site. If planning permission is granted, both plants will be capable of treating more than a million tonnes of solid and waste derived fuels a year.

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