A MULTI-MILLION pound investment in Ferrybridge Power Station’s new energy project will create hundreds of jobs across the Five Towns.
The Stranglands Lane power station operators SSE and Wheelabrator Technologies have teamed up to build the £300m multi-fuel plant – which will generate electricity and heat by burning pellets created from household waste – on the Ferrybridge site over the next three years.
SSE says the project – Multifuel Energy Ltd – will create around 300 jobs during construction, and 50 full time jobs once the plant is running.
Gary Aguinaga, managing director of Wheelabrator Technologies in the UK, said: “On-site preparation work is under way and full construction will begin in the summer.
“This will provide employment for hundreds of workers over the three-year building phase and we look forward to the Ferrybridge multi-fuel facility being fully operational by summer 2015.”
SSE will hold public meetings later in the year to give more details of the new construction jobs that will be available at the plant.
The multi-fuel project site – formerly used as the power station’s cricket pitch – is currently being prepared for work to start at the end of this year.
Construction company Hitachi Zosen Inova will oversee building work, and when operational, the electricity generated by the plant will be sold to SSE.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change gave the green light to develop the facility – which will use non-recyclable household waste from local councils – in October 2011.
Mr Aguinaga added: “Through the Multifuel Energy joint venture we are combining our expertise and experience to deliver a state-of-the-art facility which will provide significant amounts of clean energy.”
Paul Smith, SSE’s managing director of generation, said: “Multi-fuel technology is a tried and tested way of generating clean power.
“This new plant will make a useful contribution to ensuring we have reliable energy supplies for the future.”