Drax unveils re-branded trains as biomass plans push forwards

By Hull Daily Mail | Posted: 11 Jul 2018

Drax’s new rebranded trains used to deliver sustainable biomass to its power station have been officially unveiled by the Northern Powerhouse minister.

More than two-thirds of power produced at the station, between Goole and Selby, is now renewable, transforming Drax into Europe’s biggest decarbonisation project.

The energy giant’s trains transport wood pellets to the power station, and have now been rebranded to reflect the significant role Drax is playing in the Northern Powerhouse agenda.

Jake Berry, Northern Powerhouse Minister said: “The development of Drax’s train wagons is a Northern Powerhouse success story - I’m delighted to unveil the first of the newly branded wagons.

“The energy sector has been and will continue to be a major source of jobs and economic opportunity in the North of England.

“It is worth over £5bn to the North and the region has more low carbon jobs per 1,000 employees than anywhere else in England.”

Read more: Drax takes next step in coal-free ambitions

Drax’s rail wagons, the first of their kind in the world, were designed and developed by Lloyd’s Register Rail (Ricardo) and WH Davis – the UK’s last independent freight wagon manufacturer.

Work is now being carried out to re-brand all 225 of Drax’s rail wagons, complete with new Northern Powerhouse branding.

Andy Koss, Drax Power CEO, said: “With these trains delivering up to 20,000 tonnes of biomass each day, we are now powering millions of homes and businesses across the UK with reliable, renewable electricity, whilst generating over £500m for the northern economy and supporting more than 6,000 jobs in the region – including some here at Davis Wagon Services’ facilities.

“We have invested £700m transforming the business from coal to biomass, including the development of an entirely new supply chain, and these rail wagons are a vital part of that investment.

Read more: Drax to pilot Europe's first bioenergy carbon capture storage project

“Our biomass comes into the ports on the east and west coasts from North America and Europe, and is brought to the power station by rail, because it is more efficient than road transportation – helping us to make carbon savings of more than 80 per cent compared to when we used coal to generate electricity.”

Drax is a member of the government’s Northern Powerhouse initiative, which is aimed at boosting the region’s economy by investing in skills, innovation, transport and culture.

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