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Slough waste to energy plant given Government green light

How the new Slough plant will look once completed
How the new Slough plant will look once completed
1 December 2023
How the new Slough plant will look once completed

The Slough Multifuel Extension Project application has been granted development consent by the Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero. 

The Slough Heat and Power Plant, located on the Slough Trading Estate, was acquired by electricity giant 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.

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.

The Planning Inspectorate’s Chief Executive, Paul Morrison said:  “The Planning Inspectorate has now examined more than 100 nationally significant infrastructure projects since the Planning Act 2008 process was introduced, ensuring local communities have had the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them. 

“Local communities continue to be given the opportunity of being involved in the examination of projects that may affect them. Local people, the local authority and other Interested Parties were able to participate in this six-month Examination.

“The Examining Authority listened and gave full consideration to all local views and the evidence gathered during the Examination before making its recommendation to the Secretary of State.”

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 Project consists of the extension of a multifuel combined heat and power (CHP) electricity generating station from up to 50 megawatts (MW) gross output to up to 60 MW gross output.

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.


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Stephen Emerson is the Managing Editor of The Business Magazine and is responsible for the publication's print publications and online properties including the newly launched Biz News websites in Hampshire and Dorset.

Stephen has been a journalist for 20 years and has worked at local, regional and national publications and led a team which made The Scotsman website one of the fastest growing news sites in the UK with over eight million monthly users.

He has a keen interest in technology, property and corporate finance and telling the stories of the people behind the successful firms in these sectors.

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