Drax has submitted an application for planning consent to expand its pumped hydro Cruachan Power Station in Scotland to 1GW, but stressed the need for proper frameworks to support long duration energy storage in the UK. While plans to add a further 400MW of energy storage capacity have been submitted, Drax has said a final investment decision on the expansion remains dependent on the government implementing mechanisms to support and reward long duration energy storage. The development would see a new cavern and tunnels hollowed out in Ben Cruachan – Argyll’s highest mountain – by excavating two million tonnes of rock. Construction of the new pumped hydro plant would create around 900 jobs across the supply chain over a six year period, with the potential for the plant to be operation by 2030.
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