1 October 2008 – Drax Power Limited of the UK has signed a £10m ($18m) EPC contract with Doosan Babcock Energy Limited to supply direct injection biomass co-firing systems to all six coal fired generating units at its 4000 MW Drax power station.
Upon completion, the biomass co-firing facility will be the largest of its type in the world, which alongside Drax’s existing co-firing capability will provide a total of 500 MW of electricity, or the equivalent output of over 600 wind turbines.
According to Drax, the biomass co-firing facility will reduce Drax power station’s emissions of carbon dioxide (CO2) by over two and a half million tonnes per annum supporting Drax’s commitment to tackling climate change by reducing its carbon emissions.
The contract for the direct injection systems has been awarded following a competitive tender process and is a significant project for Doosan Babcock. Work will commence immediately with the detailed EPC of key items of equipment.
Installation of the direct injection systems is scheduled to be complete towards the end of 2009. All six generating units will be commissioned in parallel with the delivery of the biomass handling and processing plant programme.
Drax power station is also making good progress with its turbine upgrade project, with the installation of the new turbine modules already completed on one-third of its generating units. When complete across all six generating units the new turbines will deliver a further saving of one million tonnes in CO2 emissions.
Drax is set to reduce its annual CO2 emissions by over 15 per cent – based on current output levels – by 2011.