Ferrybridge Multifuel (FM1), West Yorkshire

Ferrybridge Multifuel (FM1), West Yorkshire

Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL) is a 50:50 joint venture between Wheelabrator and SSE plc. It is investing in two multifuel facilities at SSE’s existing Ferrybridge C coal-fired power station site in West Yorkshire.

The first of these facilities is FM1, is a new £300 million multifuel generation facility that generates around 70MW of electricity using a range of fuel sources, including waste-derived fuels, waste wood and biomass, enough energy to power around 160,000 homes*. The Combined Heat and Power enabled facility treats fuels from across Yorkshire and the wider region.

FM1 created hundreds of jobs while it was being constructed and now employs over 40 full-time operational staff. In summer 2015 the facility became fully operational and started exporting low carbon energy to the National Grid.

During the construction phase of the project, FM1 achieved one million man hours without a lost time injury. As our first plant to begin operations in the UK,  this is a major achievement for such a large scale project. To celebrate this achievement, the project's workforce selected three local charities that would benefit from a donation. The local charities - Martin House Children’s Hospice, Candlelighters and Pathways School - each received a £3,000 donation to help these groups continue to make a difference in the work they carry out in the areas around the new FM1 facility. Click here for more information on the Ferrybridge safety milestone celebration with donations to local charities.

As the first multifuel project at Ferrybridge progressed, the level of interest from fuel suppliers demonstrated that there was demand in the market for further waste derived generating facilities. This is why MEL has progressed plans for a second multifuel project in this ideal location.

* Based on the industry average annual household consumption of 3,300 KWh of electricity and using a base load of circa 70MW net export capacity utilised for 8000 hours per annum.

Waste Processing

Municipal Solid Waste

  • Community Waste

Fast Facts:

2015
Began Operations
2,025
Tonnes of Waste Processed Per Day
70 MW
Energy Generation Capacity
160,000*
Homes Powered
1,122,050
Annual Barrels of Oil for Power Saved
336,560
Annual Tons of Coal for Power Saved