The Slough Heat and Power Plant, located on the Slough Trading Estate in Berkshire, was acquired by SSE in January 2008.
In August 2018, decommissioning and demolition works began to facilitate the development of a new ~50MW energy-from-waste facility, known as Slough Multifuel, at the site.
Part of the existing Slough Heat and Power Plant remains operational and continues to supply energy, water and heat to local customers.
In April 2020, SSE Thermal entered into an agreement with Copenhagen Infrastructure Partners (CIP) to develop the new Slough Multifuel facility as a 50:50 joint venture.
The facility will produce electricity and heat through burning waste-derived fuels made from various sources of municipal solid waste, commercial and industrial waste, and waste wood.
Construction of Slough Multifuel, which commenced in May 2021, is being undertaken by specialist EPC contractor HZI. Construction is expected to take approximately three and a half years.
See below for latest construction update and Stage 2 Consultation.
Slough Multifuel Extension Project
The existing planning permission for the Project, granted by Slough Borough Council in May 2017, allows the Multifuel Plant to generate up to 50 megawatts (MW) of electricity. We are now seeking to increase the efficiency of the Plant so that it can generate up to 60 MW of electricity. Because we want to increase the generating capacity of the Multifuel Plant to more than 50 MW, we need to obtain development consent from the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Development consent is granted in the form of a Development Consent Order (DCO).
The application for development consent will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate who will administer the process on behalf of the Secretary of State. Before an application for development consent can be submitted it is necessary to engage and consult with the local community, the local council and neighbouring councils and bodies such as the Environment Agency. The application needs to include a Consultation Report setting out how the comments received have been taken into account. The final decision on whether to grant a DCO is made by the Secretary of State. You can find out more about the DCO process on the Planning Inspectorate website.
Stage 2 Consultation
Following on from the project's Stage 1 (informal) Consultation, we are holding a further Stage 2 Consultation to seek views of the local community and other stakeholders on our more developed proposals and assessments for the Project. The Stage 2 consultation for the Slough Multifuel
Extension Project will run from Thursday 5 May until 5pm on Friday 17 June 2022.
We are holding face-to-face consultations and webinars in May, details of which are below.
Venue: Project Meeting Room, SSE Offices, 683/5 Stirling Rd at Edinburgh Ave, Slough SL1 4ST
Public Consultation Dates:
Wednesday 18th May, 15.00-19.00
Wednesday 25th May, 10.00-14.00
We are also planning to arrange online webinars, joinable via phone or Microsoft Teams, to hear more about the Project and ask questions. Details of the webinars (and how to join them) will be posted on the Project Website (www.ssethermal.com/energy-from-waste/slough-multifuel) during May 2022.
You can submit your comments on the Stage 2 Consultation by the following means:
• Completing the Feedback Form (attached in documents above) and returning it to the Freepost address below.
• Completing an online version of the Feedback Form: https://www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SloughMultifuelStage2Consultation/
• Visiting the Virtual Exhibition.
• By post to Freepost Slough Multifuel
• By email at email@example.com
• Leave a message on 0800 335 7003 – If you would like us to call you back, please include your name and number as part of your message.
Comments must be received no later than 5pm on Friday 17 June 2022.
Completed image of the Multifuel Plant
Documents relating to previous construction updates can be viewed below.
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