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Drax Power Station, Cleanest And Most Efficient Coal-Fired Power Station In the United Kingdom

Start of Operation

Units 1, 2 and 3 were completed in 1974, Units 4, 5 and 6 were completed in 1986



Plant Type



Selby, Yorkshire, UK


560 people

Plant Owner / Operator

Drax Power Limited (the operating subsidiary of Drax Group)

Power and coal contracts

Sempra Energy Europe is supplying 150MW of power and one million tonnes of coal between 2006 and 2008.

Gas Turbines

140MW HP turbine, 250MW IP turbine and three 90MW LP turbines.

Steam Units

The boilers generate 563kg/s of steam

Steam Temperature / Pressure

Up to 568°C and 166bar

Electricity Output

19,000A at 23,500V


Coal, with one 'direct injection' system burning coppiced willow

FGD Equipment

Removes 90% of the SO2 from emissions

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