EDF have signed a ten-year deal with Network Rail to provide low-carbon electricity to power it’s rail network.
The company will supply Network Rail with around 3.2 TWh of electricity a year, mainly used to power electric trains.
Network Rail plans to electrify more than 2,000 track miles across Britain, increasing the 55% of rail traffic currently taken up by electric trains.
Vincent de Rivaz, chief executive of EDF Energy, said: “Network Rail is the biggest single electricity customer in the UK so this long term deal is a massive vote of confidence in our nuclear-backed energy. Rail is already one of the least carbon intensive ways to travel and the huge investment in electrification will be backed by a stable and affordable supply of low carbon energy.
The deal places nuclear energy at the heart of the UK’s infrastructure for the next 10 years and serves to underline that nuclear power is part of everyday life in Britain.”