Associated British Ports (ABP) and Drax have received and unloaded the largest ever shipment of biomass at the Port of Immingham, UK.
Bulk carrier ZHENG ZHI transported 63,907t of Drax’s ‘sustainable’ biomass pellets from the US port of Baton Rouge in Louisiana to the Humber International Terminal. The consignment will supply the Drax Power Station in Selby with enough fuel to generate electricity for 1.3M homes.
Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber, said: “Our colleagues here on the Humber are working hard to keep our homes powered, our stores stocked and keeping Britain trading. A huge thank you is deserved for all those working through this time.
Andy Koss, Drax CEO for generation, said: “ABP is working around the clock to ensure the wellbeing of employees and customers and the safe continuation of operations.
“Drax Power Station is critical national infrastructure at the heart of the UK’s energy system and we take this responsibility very seriously, especially now amid the ongoing coronavirus situation. We are doing everything we can to ensure that we maintain a continuous, stable and reliable electricity supply for millions of homes and businesses in the UK.
“This shipment of sustainable biomass from our pellet mills in the US – the largest yet – highlights the critical role played by infrastructure such as the ports and rail in our supply chain.”
Over the last decade, Drax has converted four of the power station’s six generating units to use biomass instead of coal. This has transformed Drax, which supplies 5% of the country’s electricity, into the country’s largest renewable power generator and the biggest decarbonisation project in Europe.