Drax acquires Cruachan Power Station as part of 702m power deal
- January 11, 2019
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The pumped storage power station is located in the hollowed-out mountain Ben Cruachan, and was built in the 1960s. It is part of a portfolio of hydro, pumped storage and gas power generation assets which have been sold by Spanish company
The deal adds a total of 2.6GW of generation capacity to Draxs portfolio, reinforcing its position at the heart of Great Britains energy system.
Drax will now generate enough power for more than 8.3 million homes with operations in
As a British energy company were really proud to be the new owners of these critical power stations across
Weve been to meet the team at
By being able to run the plant in a range of different modes, we can generate very flexible power which not only keeps the lights on for thousands of households, but also provides crucial system support services to the grid, maintaining secure supplies and enabling more renewables like wind power onto the system.
Cruachan is one of only four pumped storage power stations in the
Using its reversible turbines, the station pumps water from
The plant usually runs for short periods to meet peaks in demand, but it can operate continuously at full output for around 15 hours if necessary.
The Scottish assets included in the deal are: Cruachan pumped storage hydro (440MW) in Argyll, run-of-river hydro locations at
The combination of hydro plants in
With the additional 2GW of gas power stations in