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£300m Yorkshire energy-from-waste plant wins planning approval

Plans for a new £300m energy-from-waste plant in West Yorkshire have been given the go-ahead by the government.

Junior energy minister Lord Bourne today granted planning permission for Multifuel Energy’s Ferrybridge plant near Leeds.

The new plant will be run by MEL, a joint venture between energy giants SSE and global EfW firm Wheelbrator Technologies, and could employ up to 500 workers at the peak of construction.

Work on the plant is expected to begin in late 2016, following a final investment decision.

Once operational, the plant will process up to 675,000 tonnes of waste each year and produce enough electricity to power 160,000 homes.

The firm has said the site’s main EPC contractors would be chosen in due course.

The project will sit alongside MEL’s £300m Multifuel 1 plant in Ferrybridge that became fully operational when contractor Hitachi Zosen Inova completed construction this summer.

Lord Bourne said: “This exciting project that will turn waste into energy is a great example of how innovation can help to power our homes and add to our energy mix.

“This project will offer secure energy to Britain’s hardworking families and businesses, creating jobs and financial security for working people and boosting the ‘Northern powerhouse’.”

MEL director of engineering and operations Tom Maillet said: “We are delighted that the secretary of state has made the decision to grant planning permission for the Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 project.

“We believe the Multifuel 1 project, which is fully operational, and the Multifuel 2 project can make a positive, low-carbon contribution to the UK’s electricity supply and help reduce the amount of waste sent to landfill.

“We believe these projects represent the next generation of power generation at the Ferrybridge site and will help to generate important economic benefits for the local area.”

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