The Drax power plant in Yorkshire will end all coal generation by next year after almost five decades as one of western Europe’s most polluting power plants. Drax Group will stop burning coal at Britain’s biggest power plant in March 2021, four years ahead of the government’s ban on coal-fired electricity, which comes into force in 2025. The company said its milestone decision is part of its ambition to become a “carbon negative” company by 2030 but will lead to the loss of 230 jobs from the site at Selby.
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Drax has announced plans to end commercial coal generation at its coal-fired power station in North Yorkshire in 2021 – ahead of the UK’s 2025 deadline – in a move expected to cost up to £35m and lead to job reductions off at least 200.
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The Oil and Gas Climate Initiative (OGCI) Climate Investments is forming of a consortium of its members to accelerate the development of the Net Zero Teesside project, the body announced today, bringing together BP, Eni, Equinor, Shell, and Total. The consortium partners have committed to working with the UK government and local stakeholders to develop the Net Zero Teesside project, which will officially launch today with a view to delivering the UK’s first zero carbon cluster. Formerly known as the Clean Gas Project, the initiative aims to decarbonise a cluster of local carbon-intensive businesses using Carbon Capture, Utilisation, and Storage (CCUS) technologies, which would be supported by a transportation and storage system capable of gathering industrial CO2, compressing it, and storing it safely in a reservoir under the North Sea. From the mid-2020s, the Project plans to capture up to six million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions each year, equivalent to the annual energy use of up to two million UK homes.
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