Pinsent Masons continue to support the Drax biomass conversion project

17 May 2013 | 05:25 pm |

Pinsent Masons has been advising on the Construction & Engineering contractual elements of Drax's strategy to convert three of its power generating units to run on sustainable biomass. This includes advising on major projects such as the biomass rail unloading, storage and distribution systems.

For the past 18 months, Pinsent Masons has been advising Drax in relation to a number of major Construction & Engineering projects relating to Drax's strategy to convert three of its six power generating units to run on sustainable biomass (reducing Drax's usage of coal as a fuel). Drax's conversion project, including Industrial Emissions Directive compliance, has been estimated to cost between £650m and £700m and will result in Drax being one of the largest renewable power generating sites in the world. The project has recently been backed by a £75m guarantee from the UK Government, as well as receiving investment from the UK Green Investment Bank.

Pinsent Masons advised on the contract entered into with Shepherd Group who will deliver the project on a design, construct and commission basis.  The project is split into three phases which, when fully implemented, will see Shepherd design and install a biomass rail unloading system, biomass storage system, as well as a biomass distribution system.

The Pinsent Masons team advising Drax is led by Melanie Grimmitt and Stacey Collins, who commented:

"We are very pleased to be advising Drax on its industry-leading biomass conversion project. Pinsent Masons' involvement in this project adds further weight to our leading energy sector expertise and we are proud to assist Drax in a project which will bring with it a host of benefits".

Latest press releases

Show me all press releases

Pinsent Masons advised Schütz Family Office on the acquisition of Freie Internationale Sparkasse

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Schütz Family Office on the acquisition of private bank Freie Internationale Sparkasse S.A..

Pinsent Masons named a top ten family friendly employer for fourth year in a row

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has been named as one of the top ten family friendly employers in the UK by work life balance charity, Working Families.

Pinsent Masons wins Insurance Team of the Year at Legal Business Awards 2020

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has won Insurance Team of the Year at the Legal Business Awards 2020 for its role advising Royal London on its Brexit strategy and the implementation of a cross-border reorganisation of part of its business.

People who viewed this press release also viewed

Show me all press releases

Launch Climate Change Mitigation Sustainability platform

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed energy partner Paul Rice to lead its newly created Climate Change Mitigation and Sustainability group as it seeks to embed a coordinated, firmwide approach to the climate crisis.

Pinsent Masons advises GFG Alliance on the de-merger of SIMEC ZEN Energy

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has advised Sanjeev Gupta’s GFG Alliance on the de-merger of SIMEC ZEN Energy Group, GFG’s renewable energy development and retail businesses in Australia.

Transactional Services group appoints two partners in Singapore

Multinational law firm Pinsent Masons has appointed Transactional Services partners Nicholas Hanna and Mark Tan, as it grows its corporate capabilities in Singapore.

For all media enquiries, including arranging an interview with one of our spokespeople, please contact the press office on

+44 (0)20 7418 8199 or 

Location contacts