Hitachi Zosen Inova has completed the commissioning phase and handed over the 675,000 tonne per year Ferrybridge Multifuel 2 (FM2) waste to energy plant in West Yorkshire to Multifuel Energy Limited (MEL), a joint venture between SSE plc and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc.
The facility, located next to its sister plant FM1, entered full commercial operation on Wednesday, 19 December. It is able to process waste-derived fuels from various sources such as municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and waste wood.
Hitachi Zosen Inova designed, procured and built the new FM2 plant after its sister plant FM1, also by HZI, which has been in commercial operation since July 2015. With a large boiler capacity of 117 MW thermal, FM2 achieves the same performance as FM1. This performance was a key requirement for the construction of FM2. Matthew Knight, Project Manager for MEL, said: “FM2 is now one of the most efficient energy from waste plants in the UK, powering homes and businesses, and diverting thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill every year.”
In December, another Wheelabrator waste to energy plant, Wheelabrator Parc Adfer, built by EPC contractor CNIM, also entered service. The company said that since beginning commercial operations, the 200,000 tonne per year facility has performed exceptionally well.
Wheelabrator Kemsley, also being built by CNIM, is currently progressing hot commissioning and is expected to come online in Q2 2020. The facility will process 605,000 tons (550,000 tonnes) and generate 69 MW (gross)/63 MW (net) when the facility is taken over from CNIM.
A third facility, Wheelabrator Kemsley, also being built by CNIM, is currently progressing hot commissioning and is expected to come online in Q2 2020. The facility will process 550,000 tonnes and generate 69 MW (gross) when taken over from CNIM.
There remains a significant capacity gap in this market, and we continue to explore opportunities to develop new waste to energy facilities to ensure local, sustainable waste management solutions and provide energy security for the UK,” Bob Boucher, President and CEO at Wheelabrator.