Power stations’s blockbusting support for Argyll communities

Renewable energy leader Drax, the owner and operator of the iconic ‘Hollow Mountain’ Cruachan Power Station near Oban, has made a series of donations to good causes in local communities after the plant took centre stage in the hotly anticipated new Star Wars TV series.

Cruachan’s iconic dam and underground power station was transported to a galaxy far, far away when it was used as a backdrop for the new TV series Andor.

Following the launch of the series on Disney+, Drax has made a five-figure donation to several charities and good causes across Argyll.

These include helping to fund a new vehicle for Oban Mountain Rescue, creating a rural defibrillator network with community councils and supporting the ongoing maintenance and restoration of St Conans Kirk.

Sarah Cameron, Cruachan Visitor Centre Manager

Sarah Cameron, Drax’s Visitor Centre Manager at Cruachan, said:

“Everyone at Cruachan has been incredibly excited to see the power station take a starring role in such an iconic film franchise.

“From the very beginning of this project, Drax’s aim was to create a lasting legacy from it which would benefit the local community. This series of donations will not just change lives, in many cases it will save them.”

Cruachan Visitor Centre is open Monday to Friday from 9.15am until 4.45pm, more information including how to book tours is available from the website: visitcruachan.co.uk


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About Drax

Drax Group’s purpose is to enable a zero carbon, lower cost energy future and in 2019 announced a world-leading ambition to be carbon negative by 2030, using bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology.

Drax’s around 3,000 employees operate across three principal areas of activity – electricity generation, electricity sales to business customers and compressed wood pellet production and supply to third parties. For more information visit www.drax.com

Power generation:

Drax owns and operates a portfolio of renewable electricity generation assets in England and Scotland. The assets include the UK’s largest power station, based at Selby, North Yorkshire, which supplies five percent of the country’s electricity needs.

Having converted Drax Power Station to use sustainable biomass instead of coal it has become the UK’s biggest renewable power generator and the largest decarbonisation project in Europe. It is also where Drax is piloting the groundbreaking negative emissions technology BECCS within its CCUS (Carbon Capture Utilisation and Storage) Incubation Area.

Its pumped storage, hydro and energy from waste assets in Scotland include Cruachan Power Station – a flexible pumped storage facility within the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan.

The Group also aims to build on its BECCS innovation at Drax Power Station with a target to deliver 4 million tonnes of negative CO2 emissions each year from new-build BECCS outside of the UK by 2030 and is currently developing models for North American and European markets.

Pellet production and supply:

The Group has 18 operational pellet plants and developments with nameplate production capacity of around 5 million tonnes a year.

Drax is targeting 8 million tonnes of production capacity by 2030, which will require the development of over 3 million tonnes of new biomass pellet production capacity. The pellets are produced using materials sourced from sustainably managed working forests and are supplied to third party customers in Europe and Asia for the generation of renewable power.

Drax’s pellet plants supply biomass used at its own power station in North Yorkshire, England to generate flexible, renewable power for the UK’s homes and businesses, and also to customers in Europe and Asia.


Drax supplies renewable electricity to UK businesses, offering a range of energy-related services including energy optimisation, as well as electric vehicle strategy and management.

To find out more go to the website www.energy.drax.com