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

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.

Bioenergy carbon capture use and storage 

We began to pilot the first bioenergy carbon capture and storage (BECCS) 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 and the hub of the UK’s first zero carbon industrial cluster, helping to decarbonise the North of England.

Drax Power Station’s carbon capture use and storage (CCUS) incubation area also hosts a feasibility study investigating how carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions could be captured and used to make proteins for sustainable animal feed products.

Another CCUS project explores the feasibility of using molten carbonate fuel cells as a technology for capturing CO2, while producing power and supplying the greenhouse gas to a neighbouring horticultural site where it will improve crop yields.

Drax Power Station coal-to-gas replacement

We have planning permission to replace up to two coal units with gas and build battery storage at Drax Power Station. The project could export its first electricity into the National Grid in 2023.

Drax Power Station turbine upgrades

In 2019 Siemens began a three-year project to upgrade the turbines on biomass units 1, 2 and 3 at Drax Power Station, delivering efficiencies and maintenance savings which will cut the cost of renewable electricity production.

Rapid-response power plants

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

Cruachan 2

A 2016 feasibility study indicated it would be possible to develop 400 MW of additional capacity at Cruachan Power Station, our pumped storage plant in Scotland. Cruachan II is on the European Union’s list of projects of common interest.

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.