Ferrybridge Energy-From-Waste plant gets green light

Ministers have granted planning consent for a 70MW Energy-From-Waste plant in West Yorkshire.

The Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 project is a joint venture between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies and will process up to 675,000 tonnes of waste a year.

The developers estimate the facility will produce around 70 MW of electricity a year, which will be enough to power around 160,000 homes.

“This exciting project that will turn waste into energy is a great example of how innovation can help to power our homes and add to our energy mix,” said Energy Minister, Lord Bourne.

Once operational, the site will also create around 40 full-time jobs. 

“We are delighted that the Secretary of State has made the decision to grant planning permission for the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 project,” said Director of Engineering and Operations for Multifuel Energy, Tom Maillet.

“We believe that the Multifuel 1 project, which is fully operational, and the Multifuel 2 project 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 that 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. Following a final investment decision, construction is expected to begin in 2016.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues