Ensus to restart bioethanol plant after forced shutdown


UK-based biofuel producer Ensus is planning to restart its £300m Teesside bioethanol facility late in August after a 15-month forced shutdown.

"The bio-refinery is designed to convert more than one million tons of animal grade wheat into equal amounts of fuel grade alcohol."

The plant has been undergoing general engineering and maintenance activities for several weeks and is expected to begin operations within the next two months.

The bio-refinery is designed to convert more than one million tons of animal grade wheat into equal amounts of fuel grade alcohol, high protein animal feed and carbon dioxide using a process of distillation and fermentation.

Peter Sopp, Ensus chief executive officer, said it has been a difficult time for everyone connected with the business and thanked customers and suppliers for their patience and understanding, as well as paying particular tribute to the workforce who have shown resilience and a magnificent attitude.

"We are very grateful for the considerable support of our local MP Ian Swales and local MEP Fiona Hall in helping to resolve the political and regulatory issues in the UK and EU," Sopp added.

"It remains critical that the UK continues to support the use of high quality sustainable biofuels.

"The country urgently needs greener road fuels as part of its move towards a low carbon economy."

Ethanol is blended with petrol to create greener road fuel. Ensus, which began its operations in 2010, employs around 100 people directly and supports more than 2,000 jobs in the wider supply chain.