Drax announces UK BECCS supplier engagement programme

Drax is calling for UK businesses of all sizes to join the UK’s first bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) supplier engagement programme.

The company will host a series of nationwide events throughout 2022 in partnership with the West & North Yorkshire and Hull & Chambers of Commerce, as well as further events across the wider North, Midlands, and South of England. These will enable Drax to identify a robust supply chain for BECCS, ensuring the project can be accelerated as soon as planning approval is received.

“Negative emissions technologies like BECCS will play a vital role in enabling the UK to reach its net-zero goals,” said Graham Backhouse, Drax’s commercial director for the project.

“At its peak, BECCS at Drax will protect and create over 1,000 jobs, levelling up the North, and positioning the UK as a global leader in this climate-saving technology.”

The event series will start with an introductory webinar on 23 September, run with business support organisation NOF. The initial event will allow new and prospective suppliers to learn more about the BECCS project, as well as how they can be involved in delivering this vital negative emissions technology.

The event takes place ahead of a formal public consultation on Drax’s proposed BECCS plans in November, when stakeholders including local communities will be able to learn about the proposed project and provide feedback.

“The programme of events is a fantastic opportunity for businesses of all sizes to get involved and learn more about the project, and we want to encourage a range of companies from across the country to take part,” added Backhouse.

Businesses interested in attending the introductory supplier event webinar on 23 September, or the event series in 2022, can register their interest via Drax’s website.

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