Our projects - Drax

Our projects

We are constantly innovating and developing further ways to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future. For this we maintain a pipeline of projects across our business areas.

Power generation

Repower

A planning application to Repower up to two coal units to gas and build battery storage at Drax Power Station is being considered by the Planning Inspectorate. The project could export its first electricity into the National Grid in 2023.

Bioenergy carbon capture use and storage 

We began to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture use and storage (BECCUS) project of its kind in Europe in October 2018, which, if successful and scaled up, could make Drax the world’s first carbon negative power station.

 

Damhead Creek 2

We have planning consent to construct a combined cycle gas turbine (CCGT) power plant on the Hoo Peninsula in Kent. Known as Damhead Creek 2 (DHC2), the power station would have a capacity of up to 1.8 GW and would be located on land immediately adjacent to the existing operational Damhead Creek Power Station.

Rapid-response power plants

We plan to build and operate four, 299 MW open cycle gas turbine (OCGT) power stations in England and Wales. Three of the four projects have planning consent.

Cruachan 2

A 2016 feasibility study indicated it would be possible to develop between 400 MW of additional capacity at Cruachan Power Station, our pumped storage plant in Scotland.

Pellet production

By 2027, we aim to expand our US operations to self-supply at least 30% of the renewable fuel needs of Drax Power Station and in so doing support our aim to reduce the cost of biomass from circa £75/MWh to circa £50/MWh.

B2B Energy supply

Investment in a new technology platform will provide commercial opportunities, a reduced cost to service and an enhanced customer experience in our retail activities.

Digitisation of supply will provide us with a scalable, world-class data analytics capability and build upon the opportunity our on-schedule smart meter rollout creates to deliver targeted and tailored customer propositions.