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Drax Power Plans Update

We have received the following update from Drax Power about their new project:

INFORMATION UPDATE, February 7th 2018


The final pubic exhibitions about the Drax Repower project were held last week in Selby and Hemingbrough but people still have until 27th February to consider the project’s Preliminary Environmental Information Report (PEIR) and share their feedback with Drax.

Over the past fortnight, five exhibitions have been held in the local area. The project team has also recently met Selby District councillors and representatives of the parish councils that are local to Drax Power Station.

The public exhibitions explained the main elements of the Repower project, the need for it to be built, the main points from the PEIR and the various studies that Drax and its project team has undertaken over recent months.  The exhibitions also showed visitors what the Repower project could look like from different viewpoints, including two possible routes for the c. 3km underground pipeline that would connect the power station to the national gas grid.  135 people visited the exhibitions and spoke with members of the project team.

The exhibition boards can now be viewed on the project website (, alongside a leaflet about the project, the PEIR, a Project Overview document and the project’s Statement of Community Consultation. The suite of documents can also be viewed at Access Selby, County Hall in Northallerton and East Riding of Yorkshire’s Customer Service Centre in Beverley.  The libraries in Selby, Snaith and Goole also host these documents.

Gathering local feedback to the Repower project is an important part of the planning process, and people have until 5.00pm on February 27th to provide their feedback. They can do this via the project website, by email to or by writing to us at FREEPOST DRAX REPOWER.

Whilst the statutory period of consultation remains open till the end of this month, the project team is continuing its engineering and environmental studies.  The team will also consider the feedback that it receives from local people, local councils and various other organisations. The feedback will help inform the final designs of the project.

Currently, Drax is aiming to finalise and submit its application to the Secretary of State for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy within the next 3-4 months.  A final decision from the Secretary of State, after an independent examination period, could be expected in the second half of 2019.   Drax will issue further Information Updates as the project moves forward.

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