Drax completes £700m Scottish Power deal


Drax has completed its £702m acquisition of gas, pumped storage and hydro assets from Scottish Power parent company Iberdrola.

The deal was announced in October but faced a hurdle when the Capacity Market was suspended. Drax and Iberdrola then agreed a risk share arrangement to mitigate exposure to uncertainty about Capacity Market payments – with around £150m at stake under original deal terms.

The acquisition adds 2.6GW to Drax’s capacity while diversifying its biomass-heavy operation.

Most (2GW) of the assets are gas-fired power stations, plus the 440MW Cruachan pumped storage hydro plant in Argyll, and 126MW of run-of-river hydro locations at Galloway and Lanark. It also includes the Daldowie treatment plant, which turns wastewater sludge into biomass fuel pellets.

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