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Drax to use UK suppliers for 80% of BECCS project

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Drax said it aims to source 80% of the construction materials and services needed to deliver its bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) technology from the UK supply chain.

The ambition includes all construction materials needed as part of the development of the multi-billion-pound project, such as steel, pipes, heat pumps, electricals, and insulation, as well as the support services involved in delivering such a large project.

In doing so, Drax’s BECCS project has the potential to deliver hundreds of millions of pounds worth of contracts for UK businesses. Additionally, the project will protect and create over 10,000 jobs across the Humber region, decarbonising one of the nation’s most carbon-intensive regions, as part of the East Coast Cluster.

“BECCS will play a vital role in enabling the UK to reach its legally binding net-zero target, as well as saving the energy system billions of pounds in the process,” said Will Gardiner, Drax Group CEO.

“Our ambition is to put the UK supply chain at the heart of delivering this crucial climate saving technology and by doing so, we’ll create and protect thousands of jobs, kick-start new industries, and help level-up the UK.”

The announcement comes as Drax launches the first in a series of nationwide supplier events. Run in partnership with West & North Yorkshire and Hull & Humber Chambers of Commerce, the event series will enable new and prospective suppliers to learn more about the BECCS project, as well as how they can be involved in delivering this negative-emissions technology.

Work to build BECCS at Drax could get underway as soon as 2024, with the first unit operational in 2027 and a second in 2030.