Drax operates on a massive scale, supplying 6% of the country’s electricity needs, including 15% of its renewable power. The power station features six boilers, each as high as a 15-storey office block, a chimney taller than the London Eye, and over 1,800 miles of steel tubing – enough to stretch from John O’Groats to Land’s End and back again.
On this guided tour, you will get the opportunity to see how every part of electricity generation is done and find out how Drax is upgrading to the latest biomass technology. The tour will include an interactive session in the visitor centre and a walk into the very heart of the power station.
Access and suitability:
The tour will require physical stamina, as it involves up to one hour of walking and climbing to a height of 23 feet /seven metres, up staircases with safety rails.
We ask people not to book for this event if they are unsure they will be able to complete the required walking and climbing. We apologise for any disappointment caused.
Health & safety:
Drax is a working power station and takes safety and well-being very seriously.
All visitors to the Drax site need to have the ability to completely cover arms and legs, (preferably trousers – no rips/tears, and full sleeve shirts/blouses or cardigans). Footwear also needs to be flat and sturdy, e.g. trainers. No ballet shoes, sandals or exposed ankles. The clothing and footwear requirements are part of the health and safety regulations for conducting tours. If tour attendees are inappropriately attired the tour will have to be curtailed as they will not be allowed to enter certain areas.
Getting to the power station:
We will be in touch to discuss transit arrangements if you are travelling to the Drax site – which is based near Selby (one mile east of the A1041) – from Hull and/or would like to return to the University campus for Festival events.