Drax Power is to convert two of its biomass units at Drax Power Station to bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).
The Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, Claire Coutinho, approved the Development Consent Order (the DCO). Drax Power Station currently has four biomass generating units and produces around 4% of the country’s power and 9% of its renewable electricity.
The proposed development works comprise the extension of an onshore biomass powered generating station, with carbon capture technology, and infrastructure to transport compressed carbon dioxide (CO2).
The timeframe of the DCO covers a ‘standard’ five-year period. “The Secretary of State considers the need for low carbon energy is urgent and this is a further reason for not extending this time,” according to the official development consent document.
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