Drax Sets Sights On Carbon Capture

Bioenergy with Carbon Capture and Storage (BECCS) is an essential negative emissions technology needed for the UK to meet its legally binding net zero by 2050 target and demonstrate global climate leadership, according to UK power generator Drax Group. Work to build BECCS could get under way at Drax as soon as 2024, creating tens of thousands of jobs, supporting a post-COVID economic recovery, and capturing and storing up to 9 million tonnes of CO2 a year.

By 2027 Drax says its first BECCS unit could be operational, delivering the UK’s largest carbon capture project and permanently removing millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere each year.

In order to deploy BECCS Drax must secure a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the government—a process that takes around two years to complete, and was slated to begin in March.

The first phase of the DCO application process includes an informal public consultation this spring. Earlier this year Drax sold its four gas power stations and announced it will not be progressing with plans to develop high efficiency gas power at the Drax site in North Yorkshire.

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