International waste-to-product business, Shanks Group plc, has delivered the first refuse derived fuel to the Ferrybridge Multifuel Facility in West Yorkshire.
Shanks will deliver 200,000 tonnes of refuse derived fuel (RDF) to the facility each year from its mechanical biological treatment facilities in Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham, Cumbria and its processing centre in Wakefield.
The £300m facility is owned by Multifuel Energy Limited and will process around 570,000 tonnes of waste derived fuel, from various sources, each year to produce low carbon electricity, enough to power around 160,000 homes.
Peter Eglinton, managing director of Shanks’ UK Municipal Division, said: “We are proud to deliver the first fuel to be turned into low carbon energy at Ferrybridge Multifuel Facility. By creating high-quality fuels, not only are we able to make more from waste, but we are also helping to meet the renewable energy needs of our customers under long term agreements.”
Peter Eglinton, Shanks’ UK Municipal Division – “By creating high-quality fuels, not only are we able to make more from waste, but we are also helping to meet the renewable energy needs of our customers under long term agreements”
Rhys Stanwix, Director of Thermal Development at SSE said: “Shanks and Multifuel Energy Limited began working together very early on in the development process of Ferrybridge Multifuel Facility. Having Shanks on board helped Multifuel Energy Limited secure some of the large local fuel contracts, which helped to secure the £300m investment needed to build it. The first fuel delivery marks a huge milestone for this partnership.”
Gary Aguinaga, managing director of Wheelabrator Technologies UK operations, said: “The delivery of the first fuel from Shanks is a major milestone for the project. This milestone marks the beginning of a thorough period of commissioning, leading to the plant being fully commercially operational before the end of 2015.”
The facility has created over 500 construction jobs and involved many local and regional companies.
As a result of the construction phase, the local economy is expected to have benefitted from around £10m of additional business for local hotels, restaurants and other service providers.
The operations team, comprising of 46 full time equivalent staff that are needed to bring the plant through commissioning and into full commercial operations have now started their roles on-site, following a successful recruitment period.
Multifuel Energy Limited has applied to build and operate a second multifuel power station at the Ferrybridge site. If planning permission is granted, it’s hopeed that the benefits that the local area has experienced would be repeated.