Drax more than doubles biomass use

Drax, the UK’s largest coal-fired power plant, more than doubled the amount of biomass it co-fired in 2010, according to its annual report published in February

Drax, the UK’s largest coal-fired power plant, more than doubled the amount of biomass it co-fired in 2010, according to its annual report published in February.1

The firm burned 907,000 tonnes of biomass, up from 380,000t the previous year (ENDS Report 425, pp 18-19).

This is short of the maximum 1.5 million tonnes it could burn each year to provide 12.5% of its output, but the facility to increase co-firing only became operational in the summer.

Drax will release details of what biomass it burned in May, a spokesman said.

The firm had to buy 12.5Mt of carbon allowances in 2010, up from 10.3Mt in 2009, the report shows. This is due to increased operating hours.

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