Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), a 50:50 joint venture between SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., has submitted a Development Consent Order (DCO) application to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) which seeks to gain consent to develop a second Multifuel project at the Ferrybridge Power Station site, known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2).
On 28 October 2015, the Secretary of State granted planning consent for the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) project.
Once a final investment decision has been made by Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) contract would be placed.
In order to ensure that as many local companies as possible can be involved in the project, MEL, along with the successful EPC contractor, will host a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event, which we don’t expect to take place before spring 2016. If you wish to register your interest, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
The Planning Inspectorate provided a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who will make the final decision whether or not to approve our proposals before the end of October 2015.
The examination was closed on 29 April 2015.
Details of the examination can be viewed online on the Planning Inspectorate’s website:
The preliminary meeting was held on Thursday 4 December 2014 at Knottingley Town Hall, starting at 10am. The preliminary meeting was held in public and concerns procedural matters only.
All of the application documents, plans and maps associated with the project, as well as an audio recording of the preliminary meeting, and the relevant representations that have been made, are available to view online on the Planning Inspectorate’s website: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/projects/yorkshire-and-the-humber/ferrybridge-multifuel-2-fm2-power-station/
September 2014 – FM2 Planning Application accepted for examination
The Development Consent Order (DCO) application which MEL submitted to the Planning Inspectorate (PINS) in July 2014 has been officially accepted for examination. The Application seeks gain consent to develop a second Multifuel project at the Ferrybridge Power Station site, known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2).
Once the FM2 DCO hasd been accepted by PINS, the planning application entered the pre-examination phase. During the pre-examination phase, until 16 October 2014, members of the public had the opportunity to register their interest and participate in the public meetings by presenting their views on the proposals.
The pre-examination phase is expected to last around three to four months from the beginning of September 2014. Towards the end of this time, the Examination Inspector(s) will appoint a date for a Preliminary Meeting, which will also set the timetable for the public examination hearings where individual members of the public and interest groups can request to speak.
DCO acceptance – key documents
Community update – April 2014
During April 2014, a newsletter was distributed to local people to inform them of how their comments and view on the FM2 project, which they shared during the two stages of consultation, have been taken into account where possible. The newsletter can be found below:
Formal Consultation – November/December 2013
MEL held a number of public exhibitions in early November to give the local community and local organisations the opportunity to view more detailed plans for a second multifuel power station at the Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station site, know as Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2).
During this stage of formal consultation, which ran from 4 November 2013 to 20 December 2013, we held a series of public information events around the local area. Local residents were invited to drop in at any time during the event sessions to view the proposals, speak to members of the project team and had the opportunity to leave comments via a feedback form. The information that was on display at the events, as well as the community newsletter and press release which were distributed to publicise the events, can be viewed below:
Formal Consultation – Consultation Documents
Informal Consultation – July 2013
During July 2013, we held some public exhibitions in order to share with local communities the early and initial plans for Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2).The closing date for providing feedback on these proposals was 6 September 2013. A second stage of formal consultation took place in November and December 2013.
Since the informal consultation with the local community, and before the formal consultation which was held in November 2013, a number of changes were made to the FM2 proposals. The changes include:
- the overall extent of the proposed DCO application site has been reduced while some new areas of land have been included;
- a reduction in the number of combustion lines from 3 to 2, reducing the width of the boiler house building;
- refining the number of options for the fuel storage bunker that are available;
- selection of air cooling instead of hybrid water based cooling as the cooling system for FM2, similar to FM1;
- the height of the stack has been fixed at 120m following air dispersion modelling and consultation; and
- an alternative access route for staff to the operational site has been identified and will be assessed further.
Although not directly connected to this project, construction work has begun on the Dish Hill roundabout and improvement works are underway on the slip road at the junction of the A162 with Stranglands Lane.
Multifuel Energy Limited (MEL), a joint venture between Ferrybridge Power Station’s owners SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc, is in the early stages of putting the proposals together to build a second multifuel power station at Ferrybridge. The project, known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2), will have an installed capacity of around 70MW and will be able to produce enough energy to power around 160,000* homes. FM2 is similar in scale to the project currently under construction, now known as Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1), which is expected to be operational by 2015.
During the development of the first multifuel project at Ferrybridge, the level of interest from potential fuel suppliers has demonstrated that there is demand in the market for further waste derived generating facilities. The multifuel project is also beneficial as it is a positive use of waste materials that may otherwise be disposed of to landfill, saving valuable landfill space. FM2 could treat up to 675,000 tonnes of waste derived fuels each year, however on average the plant’s throughput is expected to be 570,000 tonnes per annum.
The £300 million Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) has already created approximately 300 construction jobs and involved around 30 local companies. As a result of the three year construction phase of FM1 underway, the local economy will benefit from circa £10 million of additional business for local hotels, restaurants and other service providers. It is expected that local businesses will again benefit from contractor and supply chain opportunities if the second project progresses.
The DCO Application Process
As the proposed FM2 power station will generate over 50MW of energy, it is a nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP), and requires 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. Therefore we will submit our application for a DCO to PINS who will examine it and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, who will make the final decision whether or not to approve our proposals
Our DCO application will be examined and determined in accordance with the three National Policy Statements (NPSs) published by the Department for Energy and Climate Change that set out Government policy and the need for new energy infrastructure. These policy statements outline the considerations that should be taken into account when considering DCO applications.
In spring 2013, MEL submitted an EIA Scoping Report to PINS, which is available to download below:
EIA Scoping report (June 2013)
After submitting this EIA Scoping Report, a Scoping Opinion was received from PINS which is accessible at:
For further information on the application process, please visit:
www.infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk or call: 0303 444 5000.
The DCO application was submitted to PINS in July 2014 and was accepted for examination on 20 August 2014. PINS have now examined the application, taking into consideration the comments of consultees. PINS made a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change in July 201 and on 28 October 2015, FM2 was granted planning consent.
Subject to a final investment decision, construction of FM2 could begin in 2016 and it could be operational by 2019.
If you would like more information, or to request a hard copy of the exhibition materials, please contact us:
Phone: 01977 636700
Post: Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 Consultation, Multifuel Energy Ltd, Ferrybridge Power Station, Stranglands Lane, Knottingley, WF11 8SQ
FM2 – More Information (PDF’s available here)
FM2 Informal Consultation Exhibition Boards (10 July 2013)
FM2 Stakeholder and Community Consultation Strategy (20 June 2013)
FM2 Consultation begins – newspaper advert (20 June 2013)
FM2 Consultation begins – press release (20 June 2013)
FM2 Announcement – press release (24 May 2013)
* Based on the industry average annual household consumption of 3,300KWh of electricity and using a base load of 68.8MWe net export capacity utilised for 8000hrs per annum