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Drax scrap Biomass plant


3:28pm 22nd February 2012

A new biomass power plant planed for Yorkshire has been scrapped.

Drax has announced that the two billion pound development is not being backed enough by the Govenment.

Around 600 jobs were going to be created by the project.

The company have said they're hoping to invest half a billion pounds in to their current biomass production.

Comment from Peter Emery, Production Director of Drax Power Limited

“We regret that we have decided to cancel the development of a dedicated biomass power plant at Drax Power Station, although we are still exploring options at the Port of Immingham site.

“Our decision to invest £50m this year in our existing biomass co-firing facility at Drax means there will be no loss of increased renewable power generation for Yorkshire.

“Increasing our renewable capability to 20% of the station’s output will match exactly the additional power that would have come from the dedicated biomass plant.

“We anticipate that construction work required on site will lead to hundreds of jobs with significant employment also created indirectly in the biomass supply chain, for example in local farming and growing, port and rail facilities.

“Our focus remains on biomass and we are confident that we have the technical capability to transform Drax into a predominantly biomass fuelled generator.

“To achieve this will require significant investment and that decision will be taken once we have clarity and certainty over the future support levels, which we understand the Government aims to announce in spring and legislate for in summer.”

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