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FM1 passes first million tonnes of fuel processing milestone

The Ferrybridge Multifuel 1 (FM1) waste-to-energy facility, owned and operated by Multifuel Energy Ltd (MEL), a 50:50 joint venture project between power utility SSE plc and Wheelabrator Technologies Inc., has this week completed a major milestone by successfully processing one million tonnes of fuel since operations start in July 2015.

Like Ferrybridge 1 (FM1), FM2 waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK, will be run with Valmet's automation technology (image courtesy Multifuel Energy Ltd).

FM1 waste-to-energy (WTE) plant in Knottingley, West Yorkshire, UK, has completed 1 million tonne milestone since commencing operations in July 2015 (image courtesy Multifuel Energy Ltd).

Located next to Ferrybridge ‘C’ Power Station near Knottingley in West Yorkshire, UK, FM1, uses waste derived fuel to generate power which is supplied to the National Grid. The post-recycled, waste derived fuel used, which is pre-processed off site, would otherwise have been sent to landfill. The 24-hour plant operation supports 47 full-time roles.

One million tonnes of residual waste processed is a key milestone in the operational life of the plant, a milestone of which the whole team are proud. FM1 is a highly efficient facility which is successfully diverting hundreds of thousands of tonnes of waste from landfill each year, said Colin Drew, Plant Manager at FM1.

Construction of a second Multifuel plant, known as FM2, began on land adjacent to FM1 during 2016. The plant is of similar design and capacity to FM1, and is expected to be operational during 2019.

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