SSE Generation, the generation business of Scottish & Southern Energy, has received the go-ahead from the UK government to develop a £250 million ($400 million) biomass and waste project within its Ferrybridge coal-powered station in West Yorkshire.

The plant will generate 108 MW of electricity and will provide heat to SSE’s existing Ferrybridge power station. The facility will use a range of feedstock, including biomass, waste-derived fuels and waste wood to generate heat and electricity. Scottish & Southern plans to complete the plant in early 2015.

The company says that the construction of the new plant is not designed to replace the 1000 MW of capacity of the existing power station at Ferrybridge, which is due to close in 2015 due to the introduction of the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), which aims to reduce the emissions from combustion plants.

SSE introduced new technologies, which have reduced emissions from two of its existing units, to meet LCPD standards but this is not possible for the existing plant in Ferrybridge.

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