Drax has submitted plans to build what it claims would be the world’s largest carbon capture and storage project.
This would be a bioenergy with carbon capture storage (BECCS) facility, located in its North Yorkshire power station – representing its commitment to invest £2 billion throughout the 2020s into two BECCS units.
Drax states that once operational, these two units could capture eight million tonnes of carbon each year – which would make it the largest in the world.
The company is looking to become carbon-negative by 2030 and hopes the new BECCS project will contribute towards this.
CEO Will Gardiner said: “Drax aims to invest billions of pounds and create thousands of jobs developing BECCS in the UK, provided that the UK government has in place policies to support the feasibility and delivery of negative emissions technologies.
“BECCS at Drax will not only permanently remove millions of tonnes of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere every year but it will also generate the reliable, renewable power this country needs. No other technology can do both.”