British utility SSE has announced that works on the new GBP250m ($399m) 108 MW multi-fuel power station at Ferrybridge will start in January 2012 after the UK’s Department of Energy and Climate Change gave the project the go ahead last month.

The plant’s main construction phase is scheduled to start in October 2012, with completion in early 2015.

The facility will use a range of sustainable fuels, including biomass, waste-derived fuels, and waste wood, to generate both electricity and heat.

Rhys Stanwix, director of Thermal Development with SSE, said: “This multi-fuel CHP plant will be an innovative addition to our generating portfolio, and will make an important contribution to ensuring secure energy supplies.”

SSE is also currently constructing a trial post-combustion carbon capture facility at the Ferrybridge site, in collaboration with Doosan Power Systems and Swedish utility, Vattenfall.

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