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) is currently under construction and is expected to be commercially operational by spring/summer 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 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. We expect to submit our application for a DCO to PINS in summer 2014. PINS will then 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.
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 Technologies (WTI) is a leading developer, owner and operator of Energy from Waste (EfW) facilities and has been established for over 37 years.
WTI currently owns and/or operates 22 energy facilities in the US, 17 of which are EfW facilities. It has also recently acquired part of a business in China which has three operational plants and a further five under development.
Every year in the US, WTI processes more than 6.9 million tonnes of waste (over twice the Energy from Waste capacity in the UK) which generates over 4.5 billion kilowatts of energy.
Wheelabrator Technologies Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Waste Management Inc., the largest provider of integrated waste management services in North America, with 22 million customers.
In 2013, Waste Management was recognised by the Ethisphere Institute, the leading business ethics think-tank, as one of the 2013 World’s Most Ethical Companies. This is the sixth year the company has been honoured for promoting the highest of ethical standards. Out of a record number of nominations for the award, Waste Management secured a spot on the list by implementing and maintaining business practices and initiatives that are instrumental to the company’s success, benefit the community and raise the bar for ethical standards within the industry.