Drax’s planning application to develop the latest in high efficiency gas turbine technology has been approved.
The project could enable Drax to deliver more reliable and flexible, high efficiency electricity generation at its power station in North Yorkshire – helping the UK to transition to net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
Drax must secure a capacity market agreement to underpin the investment needed to develop the first combined cycle generating unit.
If developed, 1.8GW of new capacity would be available at Drax from October 2023. This could help to displace less efficient and higher carbon emitting power stations, enabling further decarbonisation of the UK’s power system, whilst creating up to 800 jobs during construction.