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.
Commissioning activities are continuing to progress well. Some key milestones have already been achieved, including the first fuel deliveries to the site and the first fire on line 1. There are still a number of activities to take place over the coming weeks, including the first fire on line 2. The project is expected to be commercially operational by the end of 2015.
One of the activities that still need to be completed includes steam blows. Steam blowing involves the release of steam through the plant, in order to dislodge any debris from the internal pipework and is a normal part of commissioning activities. Steam blows have been occurring periodically already, however over the coming weeks the noise from these is expected to increase and may be heard at your property. The steam blows are expected to occur twice daily, once in the morning and once in the evening, until around mid-May