The Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) project, which is being built on land next to the existing Ferrybridge ‘C’ coal fired power station is nearing the end of the main construction phase, and over the coming weeks commissioning activities will increase.
Commissioning involves using a number of techniques and procedures to check, inspect and test each operational component of the project, and the plant as a whole. This process is important to ensure that every aspect of the plant operates as safely and efficiently as possible, before it enters full commercial operation, which is expected in late summer 2015. All of the commissioning activities will be undertaken in accordance with both the requirements of the planning permission and the Environmental Permit.
Three important parts of the commissioning phase will take place in the coming weeks, beginning with the commencement of fuel deliveries to the site, followed by steam blow activities and the first combustion within the boilers.
Fuel deliveries are expected to begin in mid March. All delivery vehicles are required to follow the route within the project Traffic Management Plan which was agreed during the planning process with Wakefield District Council.
Steam blowing involves the release of steam through the plant, in order to dislodge any debris from the internal pipework; this is also expected to take place in the coming weeks. There will be steam blows between 06:00 and 08:00, and for a second time in the evening between 18:00 and 20:00. This will not take place every day, but is expected to happen periodically until mid April.
The first combustion within the boilers, or first fire, is a significant milestone for the project. There will be a first fire carried out in each boiler seperately, before both are fired together. We are not expecting this activity to have any impact on the area surrounding the site.