Drax plan for a 290 MW biomass-fired renewable energy plant on the existing Drax
- 290MW produced whenever required.
The plant is predicted to result in a saving of 1,800,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide
(CO2) each year, and to provide enough renewable electricity to power 512,000 homes
The renewable energy plant will bring significant economic benefits to the local
community. For the area surrounding the development at Drax Power Station it will
Up to 850 jobs during the three-year construction period
Contract opportunities for local businesses during construction
Up to 150 local jobs through direct and contract employment opportunities once the
plant is operational
Drax currently employs 760 people directly and is a long established and respected
employer in the district.
Woodlane Wind farm proposal - 35MW - from 14 turbines across 3 km of farmland
- 35MW only if wind is 27 mph or more.
The proposal claims that the annual CO2 saving will be 40,000 to 50,000 tons per
year and that the installation would produce enough power for 21,000 homes - actual
power available would depend on wind speed.
There is no commitment on local jobs during construction. In the case of Rusholme
the construction staff were all brought in from other parts of the country. Even
the labourers washing vehicles were from elsewhere.
11 companies were involved in preparing the Woodlane application and of these only
one was based in N Yorkshire. None were in the Selby District.
The wind farm would not require any permanent local employees once it was operational.
Prowind is based in Germany and is not proposing to have any permanent staff based
in the district.