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Drax expected to shelve gas power station plans

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Drax is expected to shelve plans to build a major gas-fired power plant in the UK, according to reports.

It has been suggested the company is considering abandoning the plans following criticism from environmental groups who said it went against the spirit of the UK’s pledge to tackle climate change. This speculation follows the loss of a legal challenge against the government for approving Drax’s plans.

A report by the Evening Standard suggests plans for the 3.6 GW plant development are expected to be dropped as Drax further develops its renewable energy projects, including bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS).

Will Gardiner, CEO of Drax Group told the Evening Standard the gas power station was a ‘legacy’ project, and to expect more clarity when its results are published on 25 February.