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Alstom will build the largest biomass co-firing station in the world


On 19 May, Drax Power Limited awarded Alstom an engineering, procurement and construction contract to build the main processing works for what is believed to be the largest biomass co-firing project in the world – the 4,000 MW Drax power station in North Yorkshire (UK).

Over the last 5 years, Drax has developed the capability to co-fire renewable biomass materials with coal and has set itself the target to produce 10% of its output from co-firing - the equivalent output of around 500 wind turbines - which will reduce its CO2 emissions by over 2 million tonnes each year. As part of this commitment to tackle climate change, Alstom will receive handle, store and process various biomass materials ready for direct injection into the boilers of the largest, cleanest and most efficient coal-fired power station in the UK, meeting some 7% of the country’s electricity needs.

Underpinning Alstom’s position as a world leader in delivering biomass co-firing solutions worldwide, this contract, worth €63 million, was awarded following a competitive tender process, and marks the first major project for Alstom at the Drax power plant. Work will begin immediately to prepare the site for construction. Commissioning of phase one of the project will be completed towards the end of 2009.