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Second Ferrybridge plant approved

Planning consent for the £300m Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) energy-from-waste project in West Yorkshire has been granted.

The 70MW project is being led by Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), a joint venture between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies, and will process up to 675,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuels each year and generate enough power for around 160,000 homes.

Following a final investment decision, construction is expected to begin in 2016.

MEL says the planning consent is the culmination of significant consultation and engagement with local residents, community organisations, elected representatives and government agencies.

The new facility will be located next to Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1), which entered full commercial operations in July.

FM2 is expected to bring similar benefits to those generated by the construction of FM1 (pictured) including:

  • More than 500 construction jobs
  • Around 40 new full-time operational jobs
  • More than £10m of supply opportunities during the three-year construction phase

MEL director of engineering and operations Tom Maillet said: “We believe that the FM1, which is fully operational, and FM2 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 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.”

Energy minister Lord Bourne said: “This exciting project is a great example of how innovation can help to power our homes and add to our energy mix.

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

GMB national officer, Phil Whitehurst said: “We welcome this next step in moving on for this much needed power plant. GMB will be in talks to ensure that the construction takes place under the auspices of the National Agreement for Engineering Construction Industry.”

Engagement with local stakeholders, community groups and businesses will continue as the plans for construction progress.

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