Influential Whitehall group takes in Drax decarbonisation

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 5 Apr 2018

A group of senior business leaders, policymakers and government officials have visited Drax Power Station to learn more about the UK’s largest power station and its transformation to become Europe’s largest decarbonisation project.

The Whitehall & Industry Group, a charity aimed at building co-operation between Government and different business sectors, which Drax is a member of, had a tour of the power station.

Andy Koss, Drax Power chief executive, met with the delegation. He said: “Using our extensive engineering skill and expertise we successfully upgraded half of the power station to use biomass, transforming the business to become the largest decarbonisation project in Europe.

“Today we produce 15 per cent of the country’s renewable power – that’s enough for four million homes.

“We’re continuing to innovate – we plan to convert a fourth generating unit to use biomass later this year, and we’re also progressing plans for repowering the two remaining coal units with gas power generation and batteries.”

Drax, located close to the North and East Yorkshire border, takes imported feedstock from Humber quaysides, with Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal - a £130 million investment by ABP - the world's largest facility of its type. 

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