UK Government approves Drax gas conversion plans in Yorkshire

Posted: October 7, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, government
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Drax power station [credit:]

A glimmer of rational thinking perhaps in the often crazy world of climate-obsessed national energy policy, where reliable power generation tends to get marginalised.

The UK Government has given the go-ahead for Drax to convert up to two of its coal-fired units in North Yorkshire to gas generation, reports Energy Live News.

Drax says the project could enable it to deliver “more reliable and flexible, high efficiency” electricity generation at the power station, contributing towards the nation’s transition to net zero emissions by 2050.

If developed, 1.8GW of capacity would be available from October 2023, displacing less efficient and higher carbon emitting power stations.

Up to 800 jobs are expected to be created during construction.

Drax says it must secure a Capacity Market agreement to underpin the investment needed to develop the first combined cycle generating unit.

Environmental lawyers at ClientEarth had lodged an objection over Drax’s plans for the gas-fired power plant during the approval process, following which the Planning Inspectorate had recommended the project should be refused due to its contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.

However, the government said the gas-fired units would emit less carbon than coal and some fossil fuel capacity would be needed to provide backup for intermittent renewables.

The environmental lawyers are now considering their options following the approval.

Full report here.

  1. Saighdear says:

    Aye aye, yet our new homes are to be ALL ELECTRIC – not gas for simple Hi-speed heating… and where’ll all this gas come from -no fracking allowed ….

  2. ivan says:

    The environmental lawyers are now considering their options following the approval.

    Why don’t the government go the whole distance and repeal the climate change act 2008? That would give the environmental lawyers something to think about.

  3. tom0mason says:

    So it looks like the UK is following Europe’s lead and hitching our energy and electricity requirements to Putin and Gazprom as the resource suppliers. Probably it will go via Netherlands or Germany to launder away the original supplier’s name. (see and )

  4. oldbrew says:

    Domestic sources and Norway are the two main suppliers of UK gas, but without fracking the domestic supply will continue to fade – unless new offshore finds are made.

    Winter supply data (UKCS = UK continental shelf)

  5. oldbrew says:

    Next EU energy chief backs gas as part of climate transition

    Former Estonian minister Kadri Simson told MEPs a 2050 carbon neutral target was ‘wise’ and said gas ‘might be the most cost-efficient option’ to get off coal
    . . .
    In an email to Climate Home News, the Greens political grouping in the EU Parliament, said they were “not satisfied with Simson’s performance”.
    – – –
    Hello? Gas isn’t ‘carbon neutral’ – hence mad Greens and the rest of the climate fanatics don’t like it, and demand reliance on unreliables.

    But as Pielke Jr. pointed out, that means a new nuclear power plant every day so it’s utterly unrealistic – and the amount of raw materials needed for all that wind and solar hardware couldn’t be mined at that rate anyway, even if it existed. Not to mention the vast workforce, steel and concrete production, and on and on. Welcome to Cloud Cuckoo Land.

  6. stpaulchuck says:

    “the nation’s transition to net zero emissions”
    if only that meant net zero emissions of BS and lies regarding the Satanic Gases and other schemes to dip into our wallets.

  7. oldbrew says:

    Didn’t take long for the ‘shut-down-the-economy’ mob to move in…

    Protest over Drax power station expansion plans
    26 minutes ago

    Environmental campaigners have protested about plans to expand a North Yorkshire power station.

    On Monday, the government approved four new gas-fired turbines at Drax near Selby, despite a ruling from its planning inspectorate.

    Drax is the largest biomass-fuelled power station in Europe and gets green energy subsidies from the government.

    The Axe Drax protesters made speeches at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in London.

    They then marched with drums, whistles and banners to Drax’s offices on Montague Street.

  8. wheewiz says:

    ” some fossil fuel capacity would be needed to provide backup for intermittent renewables”. Certainly would. 100% backup 24 hours/day would be about right ?

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