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The UK high court confirms approval of Drax's 3.6 GW CCGT project

27 May 2020

The High Court of Justice of the United Kingdom (UK) has ruled legal the UK’s government approval of the 3,600 MW Drax CCGT power project in Selby, North Yorkshire (United Kingdom) in October 2019.​ Drax announced plans to build the project in 2017 but the final investment decision (FID) on the project has not yet been reached. It would consist of two 1,800 MW units and could potentially add two 100 MW battery energy storage systems (BESS). Once fully operational, the project would produce up to 75% of the UK's energy sector's CO2 emissions, prompting environmental groups to fight the project. 

Following several years of project delays and cancellations, the British government is trying to revive new gas-fired projects to lower the cost of power supply. As of May 2020, more than 24 GW of gas-fired power capacity was under development. SSE started building the 840 MW Keadby 2 CCGT project in 2018 and the power plant is expected to come online in 2022.

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