Drax evaluating fourth power unit conversion
Drax finished converting the first unit in May of 2013, and one year later began cofiring at its second unit at a rate of 85 percent biomass, which was fully converted to biomass in October. Drax’s third unit conversion has been awarded a government Investment Contract, management reported, and subject to receiving state aid clearance from the European Commission, plans are to convert the final unit between July 2015 and June 2016.
During a July call to discuss financial results of the first half of the year, Drax CEO Dorothy Thompson said that the company may potentially convert a fourth unit as well, reports Biomass Magazine.
In the U.S. Gulf, Drax expects commercial operations at its first pellet plant and port facility to begin in the first quarter of 2015, with commercial operations at the second pellet plant following in the second quarter.