Alstom wins biomass processor contract

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Drax has awarded Alstom an engineering, procurement and construction contract worth £50m for the main processing works for a new co-firing 4,000MW power station in North Yorkshire.

The processing works will receive, handle, store and process 1.5 million tonnes of various biomass materials a year, for direct injection into the power station’s coal-fired boilers.

Co-firing, the blending and burning of renewable biomass materials, is said to have the potential to significantly reduce the emissions of carbon dioxide from coal-fired power stations.

Drax has set itself the target of producing ten per cent of its output using this technology, the equivalent output of 500 wind turbines, which it says will reduce its CO2 emissions by more than two million tonnes a year.

Work has been scheduled to start immediately to prepare the site for construction, which will start later this year.