Yorkshire MEP Amjad Bashir today welcomed a new report highlighting the economic importance of the Drax power complex to the regional and national economies.
The Conservative MEP for Yorkshire and the Humber is a keen supporter of the company’s plans to convert the plant from coal-burning to sustainable biomass and has criticised an investigation launched by the EU over compliance with state-aid rules.
Mr Bashir said: “This new report demonstrates the important role Drax plays as an employer and creator of wealth in the North of England. Nearly £500m of economic activity and 4,500 jobs were supported in Yorkshire and Humber alone last year.
It is businesses like Drax which are needed to make the Northern Powerhouse a success in the coming years.
“If Drax is to continue to create jobs and wealth for the region it is vital that it has regulatory certainty. The European Commission has still yet to approve a support contract given to Drax by the UK government to move away from coal to sustainable biomass – almost two years after the contract was awarded.
In the interests of my constituents I strongly urge the Commission to give the go-ahead to Drax’s state-aid case in the next few weeks to help secure the power station’s future.”