I was lucky enough to get to have a look around Drax up in North Yorkshire, really is quite an experience being up close to those turbines whilst they are running full tilt!
Drax is a large coal fueled power station capable of co-firing biomass and petcocke, its name comes from the nearby village of Drax. Its generating capacity of 3,960 megawatts is the highest of any power station in the United Kingdom (and second-highest in Western Europe), providing about 7% of the United Kingdom’s electricity supply.
Opened in 1974 and extended in the mid-1980s, the station was initially operated by the Central Electricity Board. Since privatisation in the 1990’s ownership has changed several times, and it is operated by Drax Group. Completed in 1986, it is the newest coal-fired power station in England, flue gas desulpherisation equipment was fitted between 1988 and 1995; high and low pressure turbines were replaced between 2007 and 2012. Because of its large size, the station is the UK’s single largest emitter of carbon Dioxide.