UK government CCS team visits Drax Power Station

By Drax Group | May 29, 2018

A group of senior policymakers and government officials has visited Drax Power Station, near Selby in North Yorkshire, to learn more about the U.K.’s largest power station and its plans to pilot new carbon capture technology.

The delegation from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy spent the day with the Research and Innovation Team at Drax and also met with Drax Power CEO Andy Koss, to learn more about its Bioenergy Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) pilot—the first of its kind in Europe.

If successful, the project could make the renewable electricity produced at Drax Power Station carbon negative.

Andy Koss, Drax Power CEO, said, “This project is the next step in our journey to extend the future of the plant, protect jobs and deliver clean, reliable power for millions of households and businesses. 

“With our extensive engineering skill and expertise, we have already upgraded half of the power station from coal to use biomass, transforming the business to become the largest decarbonization project in Europe.

“If successful, this BECCS technology could enable us to achieve negative emissions on the biomass generating units at the power station and also help the U.K. to meet its global climate change targets.”

The demonstration project will see Drax partner with Leeds-based C-Capture and invest £400,000 in what could be the first of several pilot projects undertaken at Drax Power Station to deliver a rapid, lower cost demonstration of BECCS.

Drax plans to convert a fourth generating unit from coal to biomass this summer and is also progressing plans for repowering its two remaining coal units with gas power generation and batteries.