Cruachan owner Drax commits to end coal use

Drax chief executive Will Gardiner.

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The owner of Cruachan power station on Loch Awe, Drax, has announced that almost 50 years of power generation from coal at its North Yorkshire station is expected to end next year in advance of the UK’s 2025 deadline.

The decision is a landmark moment in the UK’s efforts to achieve net zero by 2050 and part of Drax’s ambition to become carbon negative by 2030.

Drax chief executive Will Gardiner said: ‘Ending the use of coal at Drax is a landmark in our continued efforts to transform the business and become a world-leading carbon negative company by 2030. Drax’s journey away from coal began some years ago and I’m proud to say we’re going to finish the job well ahead of the government’s 2025 deadline.’

The decision will mean a reduction in the workforce at the North Yorkshire power station. Trades unions and employee representatives will be consulted over the coming months and support is being provided to those affected.

Drax is the largest power generator in the UK with the capacity to make electricity for six million households.