Sept 13 (Reuters) - Drax said on Wednesday it has
applied to convert two of its remaining coal-fired power units
to gas and to build battery storage, moves driven by Britain's
shift away from coal.
Britain has said all coal power plants must be closed by the
middle of the next decade and Drax, whose northern English coal
plant was once Europe's most polluting, has already switched
three coal-burning units to wood pellets as a result.
It now plans to install up to 3.6 gigawatts (GW) of
gas-fired power capacity by replacing a maximum of two of its
coal-burning turbines. It is also continuing with plans to
convert a fourth coal unit to biomass.
Drax said it has also notified Britain's Planning
Inspectorate, the body which recommends approvals of large
infrastructure projects to the government, about its wishes to
build a battery storage site of up to 200 megawatts (MW).
"These options could repurpose up to two of our coal assets
and extend their operation into the 2030s," Andy Koss, chief
executive of Drax' power business, said.
Drax said the project would only go ahead if it obtained
15-year contracts in Britain's capacity market auctions.
(Reporting by Karolin Schaps; editing by Alexander Smith)
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