Jun 23, 2008
The new liquid CO2 facility will be constructed next to the Ensus wheat refinery at Teesside, and will be operational in mid 2009 with an annual liquid capacity of 250,000 tons, enabling Yara to continuously supply a growing number of customers in the UK with CO2 from the new plant, the existing plant in Billingham and the Thames terminal. The terminal facility at Teesside also allows shipment of products to terminals in Scandinavia and Northern Europe.
Ensus aims to become a leading provider of bioethanol to the European transport fuels market. The UK-based company is building a highly energy efficient and integrated wheat refining plant that harnesses the starch in the plant to produce bioethanol, conserves the protein for animal feed and supplies CO2 raw gas for upgrading to high purity products for the food and beverages industry. All the plant outputs are thereby dedicated to either the food or biofuel industry.
Ensus aims to develop refinery processes that make significant contributions to greenhouse gas reduction and protection of major carbon sinks whilst ensuring energy security.
Ensus expects to complete the construction of its refinery during the first half of 2009. 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, rising to 5 percent in 2010.
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Yara International ASA is a leading chemical company that converts energy, natural minerals and nitrogen from the air into essential products for farmers and industrial customers. As the number one global supplier of mineral fertilizers and agronomic solutions, we help provide food for a growing world population. Our industrial product portfolio includes environmental protection agents that safeguard air and water purity and preserve food quality. Yara's global workforce of more than 8,000 employees represents great diversity and talent enabling Yara to remain a leading performer in its industry.
The Ensus Group was created to produce fuel grade bioethanol, for use in the transport industry across Europe. The Ensus plant will have an annual production capacity of over 400 million litres of bioethanol; making it the largest production facility in Europe. It will also produce about 350,000 tons of high protein wheat derivative for use in animal feed. The plant is expected to enter production in early 2009. The Wilton plant will be the first indigenous world scale bioethanol production facility in the UK, which is currently dependent on imports for its bioethanol fuel.