Drax has received and unloaded the largest shipment of biomass to arrive at the Port of Immingham, in the UK's Humber region.
The Zheng Zhi bulk carrier vessel transported 63,907 tonnes of Drax's biomass from the US port of Baton Rouge in Louisiana. The delivery will supply Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire with enough fuel to generate electricity for 1.3 million homes.
The vessel berthed at Humber International Terminal in the Port of Immingham, the Associated British Ports' (ABP) largest terminal on 13 March. "Our colleagues here on the Humber are working hard to keep our homes powered, our stores stocked and keeping Britain trading," said Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber.
"A huge thank you is deserved for all those working through this time. ABP is working around the clock to ensure the wellbeing of employees and customers and the safe continuation of operations."
Andy Koss, Drax CEO Generation, added: "Drax Power Station is critical national infrastructure at the heart of the UK's energy system and we take this responsibility very seriously, especially now amid the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) situation.
"We are doing everything we can to ensure that we maintain a continuous, stable and reliable electricity supply for millions of homes and businesses in the UK."
Over the last 10 years, Drax has converted four of the power station's six generating units to use biomass instead of coal. Drax Power Station supplies 5% of the country's electricity.