Drax is to kickstart the planning process to deploy bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) at Drax Power Station. In order to deploy the technology, the energy firm must secure a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the government, with the process – which Drax is to begin this month – on average lasting around two years. This first phase of the DCO application process includes an informal public consultation during the month. If this application is successful, work to build Drax’s first two BECCS units could get underway in 2024, although this will be subject to the right investment framework from government. When operational, the units could capture and store up to eight million tonnes of CO2 a year, the company said.
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