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Shepherd to build biomass plant at Drax power station

Contractor Shepherd is to build a biomass plant at the Drax power station as part of the plant owner’s bid to generate 20% of its output from sustainable sources.

The move will ensure Drax qualifies for subsidies as a co-fired power station.

Last month, Drax confirmed its plans to invest £50M this year in new biomass storage and handling facilities and other plant modifications to secure full benefit from its existing co-firing facilities.

Drax has ambitions to move towards being a predominantly biomass fuelled generator, but this is dependent upon appropriate regulatory support. The government aims to publish its response to the consultation on future support levels in the spring and legislate in the summer.

“Drax is ready to transform itself into a predominantly biomass fuelled generator, but to do so we need appropriate regulatory support, and to that end we look forward to the timely conclusion of the government’s current review of the future support levels for renewable technologies,” said Drax chief executive Dorothy Thompson.

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