Network Rail has awarded EDF Energy a 10-year deal for the supply of low-carbon electricity to power Britain’s growing electrified rail network.
Under the terms of the contract, EDF Energy will supply around 3.2TWh of electricity a year, powering a network that carries three million passengers and tens of thousands of tonnes of freight a day.
The company will ensure that 100 per cent of the electricity it supplies to Network Rail will be matched by low-carbon energy generated from its eight nuclear power stations.
The majority of electricity supplied will be used to power electric trains, which now account for 55 per cent of rail traffic. This is set to grow considerably over the coming years as Network Rail carries out work to electrify more than 2,000 track miles across Britain.