GB Railfreight and Drax extend biomass transport contract

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GB Railfreight and Drax have agreed to extend their contract to transport supplies of sustainable biomass from UK ports to the Drax power station in North Yorkshire until 2025.

Under the terms of the contract, GBRf will run all of Drax tonnage from the Ports of Tyne and Liverpool to Drax Power Station.

John Smith, managing director of GB Railfreight, said: “We will continue to deliver vital supplies of sustainable biomass for a further five years, ensuring power is generated in a clean and sustainable way as well as reducing the UK’s carbon emissions.”

Mike Maudsley, UK portfolio generation director at Drax added: “GBRf’s rail deliveries are a critical part of our global supply chain for sustainable biomass that supports thousands of jobs and has delivered economic growth across the north of England, while supplying renewable electricity to millions of homes and businesses.”

In the past year, the longstanding partnership between Drax and GBRf has meant that there has been a continuous supply of biomass despite the challenges posed by local floods in February to the Drax branch line, and the Covid-19 crisis.

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