Drax : 26 May 2020 – $15m rail link helps Drax reduce supply chain emissions and biomass costs

The rail link has increased capacity to deliver more sustainable biomass from Drax's LaSalle BioEnergy pellet plant in Louisiana, USA to its UK power station, taking thousands of trucks off local roadsThe £15 million rail link and other initiatives have already contributed to a £5/tonne reduction in Drax's biomass production costs in 2019In its first year of operation, a new £15m rail link has increased the flow of sustainable biomass from one of Drax Group's US pellet plants to its UK power station, reducing emissions and costs whilst increasing the resilience of the energy company's supply chain.The first train arrives at the LaSalle plant in May 2019. By Rafael MorenoThe five miles of rail track connects Drax's LaSalle pellet plant in northern Louisiana to the regional rail network, enabling freight trains to deliver the pellets to the company's dedicated export facility at the Port of Greater Baton Rouge.From there, the pellets are shipped to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, which supplies around 12% of the UK's renewable electricity.The new rail link allows Drax to deliver around 7,000 tonnes of sustainable biomass to the Port of Greater Baton Rouge in each train, compared to just 27 tonnes that could be transported by each truck previously.Drax Biomass Senior Vice President Matt White said:'The new rail spur has been a great success. Since it was commissioned last May it has significantly increased the amount of sustainable biomass we can deliver.

It's also taken thousands of trucks off local roads, unlocking carbon savings and costs in our supply chain as we build a long-term future for the sustainable biomass that provides millions of UK homes and businesses with renewable power.

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