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Two energy NSIP projects submitted

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The Planning Inspectorate (PINS) has received an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) for a gas generation and battery storage project in Yorkshire, and a second application for the Abergelli Power Project.

PINS has 28 days from submission to consider whether or not to accept the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) applications for examination.

Drax Power Station plans to replace its two remaining coal-generating units in North Yorkshire with up to 3.6 gigawatts (GW) of “high efficiency” gas-fired power generation and up to 200 megawatts (MW) of battery storage.

First set out in September 2017, the company has now worked up engineering and environmental reports for the application, and conducted an “extensive” consultation programme.

Drax said upgrading its existing infrastructure to use gas will provide the firm with more capacity, stability and essential grid services, to keep costs low and meet the government’s target to stop coal power generation by 2025.

Andy Koss, CEO at Drax Power, said: “With our gas Repower plans and the conversion of a fourth generating unit this summer to use biomass instead of coal, we intend to extend the life of the plant, protect jobs and deliver the flexible and reliable power millions of households and businesses need.

“Working with the communities local to the power station has been an integral part of the process. The Repower project could secure the future of the power station beyond 2025 when the government says coal must come off the system.”

Abergelli Power Ltd (APL), a subsidiary of Drax Group, wants a DCO to deliver a power generation plans, and its electrical and gas connections, on land at Abergelli Farm, south of Felindre.

The plant has been designed to provide back-up generation capacity that can operate flexibly to respond quickly and efficiently to both short-term variation in customer demand and intermittent output from renewable power generation, according to the Abergelli Power website.

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