Drax Power Station, one of Yorkshire’s most recognisable landmarks, has been celebrated as the first of 200 projects worldwide to be officially presented with an ICE 200 commemorative plaque.
As part of the bicentenary celebrations ICE is recognising 10 significant engineering infrastructure assets and 10 engineers across each UK region.
Drax Power Station has been selected as one of the 10 major infrastructure assets in Yorkshire and the Humber that demonstrate civil engineering excellence.
Mark Calvert, Chair of the ICE Yorkshire and Humber committee said: “ICE 200 is a fantastic celebration of great works of engineering and achievements across the country.
“We are not only looking to the past though - we are creating the next generation of engineers.
People get up in the morning and turn the lights on without thinking about it but behind that simple task is a feat of engineering that ensures they stay on for us all and that’s what we want to celebrate - engineers transforming lives and society.”
Drax Power CEO Andy Koss, accepted the plaque on behalf of the power station, surrounded by its engineers, employees and apprentices, as well as some potential future engineers from Camblesforth Primary school, Selby.
“Drax Power Station is not just an iconic feature of the Yorkshire landscape, it is also home to some of the very best engineers in the world," he said. "We are honoured to be recognised for the contribution our Drax engineers have made to the UK and to celebrate our heritage.
“We welcome around 13,000 visitors to the power station each year – many of whom are students, ranging from primary school-age to post-graduates. By bringing energy and engineering to life, we can inspire the next generation.
Our team of talented engineers converted 3 of our 6 generating units to run on sustainable biomass and our fourth is being converted this summer.”