Despite several setbacks, Future Earth Energy says it expects its Drakelow facility to start construction in the third quarter of this year.
The 15MWe plant, which is planned to use a form of waste gasification technology, failed to meet the deadline for the government’s contracts for difference (CfD) process in January and will now be developed on a subsidy-free basis.
The £120m facility, known as the Drakelow Renewable Energy Centre, already has planning consent for an industrial site on the former Drakelow C Power Station site near Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.
Future Earth Energy is developing multiple further opportunities in the Energy from Waste (EfW) sector, which they are hoping to bring to fruition over the next three years.
The first of these is another EfW facility at Grimsby, which will have a slightly higher capacity than the Drakelow site at 16.5MWe.