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2008: Yara supports UK bioenergy production

A new Yara liquid facility CO2 provides the final piece for a planned UK bio-refinery.

In June 2008, Yara announced that it would support a groundbreaking UK bio-refinery project by investing EUR 30 million in a new liquid carbon dioxide plant. The new facility, with an annual liquid CO2 capacity of 250,000 tons, will be constructed next to the Ensus bio-refinery at Teesside.

Yara also established a long-term partnership with the initiators of the project, Ensus Group, agreeing to convert the bio-refinery’s CO2 emissions into high purity liquid CO2 for the UK food and beverage industry. Yara’s investment was the final brick in the puzzle needed to realize the bio-refinery, which will be Europe’s largest when it begins operation in mid-2009.

Thorleif Enger, president and CEO of Yara, said at the time that “Bioenergy holds great promise and we are looking forward to growing our knowledge and competence in this area together with Ensus, one of Europe’s leading players in the evolving bioenergy market.”

The new CO2 facility will augment the existing plant in Billingham and the Thames terminal, enabling Yara to supply its growing number of UK customers. A terminal facility at Teesside will also allow shipment of products to terminals in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.

The energy-efficient Ensus bio-refinery will covert wheat into bioethanol, animal feed and raw CO2. All its outputs are thereby dedicated to either the food or biofuel industry. The plant will produce enough bioethanol to meet about one-third of the UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation, which requires all petrol sold in the UK to contain 2.5 percent biofuel.

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