Ensus bioethanol plant is to reopen in a matter of weeks

Europe’s largest wheat-based bioethanol plant is to restart production later this month after a 15-month shutdown, providing what farmers weekly deem to be “a timely boost to the domestic grain market”.

Ensus has the capacity to refine 1.1M/T of locally-grown feed wheat into more than 400/M (million) litres of bioethanol, 350,000/T of high protein animal feed and 300,000T of carbon dioxide for use in soft drinks and food production each year.

They add that the £300m Ensus plant at Wilton, Teeside, closed last May after just a few months commercial operation – blaming “poor market and regulatory conditions”. Bosses are however now confident that these issues have been resolved and expect the plant to be up to full operation within just two months.

On release of the statement, Ensus Chief Execuitve Peter Sopp added that “everyone is absolutely delighted that things are moving in the right direction once again and we are in a position to restart”.

Agrimoney.com were quick to point out that the announcement arrives amid prospects for a potentially “disappointing” UK wheat harvest, thanks to both persistent and heavy rains, which could potentially result in a lot of downgrades of milling grain into lower feed grades for use in bio-ethanol plants.

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