3 September 2014.  Managing Editor

Planning for 70 MW Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 Waste to Energy Planning Progresses
 The UK’s Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has officially accepted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to build a second Multifuel waste to energy project at the Ferrybridge Power Station site.

To be known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2), the project will be developed by Multifuel Energy – a 50:50 joint venture between UK utility, SSE, and U.S. based waste to energy firm, Wheelabrator Technologies.

Multifuel Energy (MEL) explained that the DCO planning application will now enter the examination phase, which gives people the opportunity to register their interest and participate in the public meetings by presenting their views on the proposals.

The company added that the DCO application is seeking permission to build the FM2 Power Station on land adjacent to the existing Ferrybridge ‘C’ coal fired power station and opposite the first Multifuel plant (FM1) which is currently under construction.

According to MEL, once operational FM2 would be capable of generating around 70 MW net electricity for the national grid by processing up to 570,000 tonnes per year of waste derived fuels.

The fuel is expected to be derived from a combination of municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste and waste wood and will be sourced locally, regionally and nationally.

According to the Environmental Statement for the project, the Site is approximately 32 hectares in area and is located almost entirely within the boundary of the Ferrybridge Power Station site. The majority of the site was originally part of the former Ferrybridge Power Station golf course.

The statement also said that fuel would be delivered to the proposed development by road and, where feasible, by rail. Some existing (or under construction) facilities will be shared with the existing Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station and FM1 (pictured above), including the FM1 rail spur and gantry, utility connections, groundwater borehole and access routes.

Following examination of the application by PINS, a decision by the Secretary of State as to whether to grant permission for the waste to energy plant is expected during 2015. If successful, MEL said that the plant could be constructed and fully commercially operational by 2018.

“I would encourage anyone who has an opinion on the project to register their intent to make representation to PINS during the pre-examination stage,” commented Iain Pybus, development manager for the FM2 project.

“This will allow you the opportunity to be involved during the examination stage, which we expect towards the end of 2014 or the beginning of 2015,” he added.

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