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Joint venture to progress Yorkshire multi-fuel scheme

The development of a £300m multi-fuel facility in West Yorkshire has moved on with the announcement of a partnership between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies.

The 50:50 joint venture, Multifuel Energy (MFE), expects to begin construction of a 68MW facility at SSE’s Ferrybridge site later in the year and complete the project by early 2015. 

More than 50 full-time jobs will be created once the plant is fully operational. Construction will be undertaken by Hitachi Zosen Inova.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change gave consent in October 2011 for the facility, which will use a range of waste-derived fuels to generate electricity and heat. Electricity will be sold to SSE. 

MFE has a contract with 3SE, SSE’s joint venture with Shanks, to provide processed waste-derived fuels from Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster councils.

3SE intends to develop a mechanical biological treatment and anaerobic digestion facility at Manvers, South Yorkshire. Depending on planning permission, this is also expected to be operational by 2015. 

SSE managing director of generation Paul Smith said: “The transactions that make up this project represent a strong partnership between four major players in the multi-fuel sector who are committed to making a serious level of investment in this technology.

“The companies involved have extensive experience in sourcing and processing waste, constructing and commissioning multi-fuel technologies, and operating generation plant. This partnership creates a great platform to develop multi-fuel technology in future.”

Wheelabrator Technologies managing director in the UK Gary Aguinaga said: “Through the Multifuel Energy joint venture, we are combining our expertise and experience to deliver a state-of-the-art facility which will provide significant amounts of clean energy.

“On-site preparation work is underway and full construction will begin in the summer. This will provide employment for hundreds of workers over the three-year building phase and we look forward to the Ferrybridge multi-fuel facility being fully operational by summer 2015.”

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