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Drax to Extend Life of Coal Units to Secure UK Winter Energy

  • Generator will be paid for the coal to fuel its power station
  • Company follows EDF in announcing coal plant extension
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Drax Group Plc’s giant power station in northern England will be able to produce power from burning coal longer than planned after agreeing to a government request to help shore up supplies this winter. 

Drax, which has already converted four units to run on biomass instead of the dirtiest fossil fuel, will keep its last two coal units active past a shutdown scheduled for September, the company said in a filing with National Grid Plc. The units will be kept open until March and only used at times of high power demand.