Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL) is a 50:50 joint venture between SSE plc and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
In 2011, MEL received planning consent to construct a Multifuel power station on land owned by SSE at Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station near Knottingley in West Yorkshire. This project, now known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) began being constructed in October 2012, and became commercially operational in July 2015. The multifuel power station produces low carbon electricity and heat by burning waste derived fuel from various sources of processed municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste and waste wood.
High levels of interest from potential fuel suppliers has demonstrated that there is demand in the market for further waste derived generating facilities and so in 2013, MEL began looking into the possibility of constructing a second Multifuel power station a the site, known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2). During November and December 2013, MEL consulted the local community, local organisations and statutory bodies on it’s plans and in order to receive comments and feedback from local people.
As the proposed FM2 power station will generate over 50MW of energy, it is a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP), and required a Development Consent Order (DCO) under the Planning Act 2008 to allow it to be constructed and operated.
The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) is the Government Agency responsible for examining applications for DCOs. We submitted our application for a DCO to PINS in summer 2014. PINS examined the application and made a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change. On 28 October 2015, the FM2 project was granted planning consent. Construction could begin in 2016.
SSE is one the UK’s largest generators of electricity with around 11,600 MW of generation capacity in total (UK and Ireland) from the most diverse portfolio of power stations.
It is the leading generator of electricity from renewable resources with a total generation capacity of around 3,300MW.
Through its renewable development division, SSE Renewables, it is involved in the development of new renewable energy projects covering wind, wave, tide, and hydro electricity.
Wheelabrator is a world leading energy from waste (EfW) company operating in North America, Europe and the UK.
Wheelabrator is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Energy Capital Partners, an energy focused private equity firm with over $13 billion in capital commitments.
Wheelabrator has developed, owned and operated EfW facilities for 40 years. Today, it currently owns and/or operates 19 energy facilities in the United States, 15 of which are EfW.