Monday, May 16, 2011

UK wheat biofuel refinery to close for up to 4 months



Quite a few articles below on this development (BBC story at bottom).  See also article at: http://www.actionaid.org.uk/100621/blog.html?article=1589 on the carbon/N20 accounting scams associated with this sort of production.  Several reasons for closedown sited: high grain prices, poor demand, cheap US ethanol loophole, delays in EU sustainability criteria etc (OK, which one is the real reason?). 

According to BBC, the plant was previously closed in April 'to tackle a bad odour coming from the plant, which has sparked complaints from residents.' - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-13133367

Poor demand hits biofuels refinery
Financial Times
Europe's largest biofuels refinery, the £300m Ensus plant on Teesside, is to halt production for up to four months.
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/dc49344c-7f11-11e0-b239-00144feabdc0.html
 
Ensus to temporarily shut UK bioethanol plant
Reuters Africa - Nigel Hunt - ‎May 13, 2011‎
LONDON, May 13 (Reuters) - Ensus said on Friday it is to temporarily shut down Britain's largest bioethanol plant from the end of this month, citing difficult market conditions. The company, in a statement, cited slow implementation of a ...

Ensus biofuel plant in Wilton closes temporarily

BBC News - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Ensus, which produces bioethanol by fermentation at its Wilton refinery, is blaming a lower than anticipated demand, and competition from the US. However, the company said it was confident this was only a temporary measure and it would continue to pay ...

Ensus to temporarily shut UK bioethanol plant

Reuters Africa - Nigel Hunt - ‎May 13, 2011‎
LONDON May 13 (Reuters) - Ensus said on Friday it is to temporarily shut down Britain's largest bioethanol plant from the end of this month, citing difficult market conditions. "We are confident in the future of the business in another two to four ...

Rising grain prices force Ensus plant to close

FarmersWeekly - Paul Spackman - ‎May 13, 2011‎
The Ensus plant on Teesside began production last spring and was due to take over 1m tonnes of UK feed wheat when at full capacity. But a spokesman for the company confirmed today (13 May) that production would stop for two to four months from the end ...

Ensus plant to shut down for up to four months

nebusiness.co.uk - Mike Hughes - ‎May 13, 2011‎
THE £300m Ensus plant at Wilton is to shut down - possibly for as long as four months. The site will stop producing ethanol within three weeks, with bosses blaming the EU for not being quick enough to enforce standards ...

Bio-ethanol plant shuts down on Teeside

Farmers Guardian - Howard Walsh - ‎May 13, 2011‎
THE Ensus bio-ethanol plant at Wilton on Teesside has been shut down temporarily as demand slows following rising global grain prices and political uncertainty in the markets. It is a 'serious hiccup' in the drive to increase the production of biofuels ...

Biofuel plant to cease production for up to four months

The Northern Echo - Owen McAteer - ‎May 13, 2011‎
Ensus said the move at its £250m plant at Wilton, Teesside, which opened in February last year, was a temporary measure. All 100 full-time workers will be retained on full pay when the plant ceases production at the end of May for between two to four ...

'Pricey wheat' forces shutdown at ethanol pioneer

Agrimoney.com - ‎May 12, 2011‎
The UK's Ensus plant is, as of next month, to shut capacity temporarily, sources said, a move believed to be in response to wheat prices which hit a record £222.00 a tonne on the London futures market last month. The plant is, to facilitate the ...


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-tees-13387689

Ensus biofuel plant in Wilton closes temporarily

Ensus Wilton
Ensus opened its Wilton facility in 2009

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A biofuel plant on Teesside is to close for up to four months, due to adverse market conditions.

Ensus, which produces bioethanol by fermentation at its Wilton refinery, is blaming a lower than anticipated demand, and competition from the US.

However, the company said it was confident this was only a temporary measure and it would continue to pay the 100 staff full wages.

Production will stop at the plant at the end of May.

Ensus utilises more than one million tonnes of wheat a year to produce ethanol, high protein animal feed, and carbon dioxide - which it liquefies and sells to the food and drinks industry.

The company said in a statement: "Ensus remains committed to operating and growing our European business.

"However, to ensure the long-term health of the business for both our customers and our employees we have decided to temporarily shut down our facility whilst market conditions remain depressed.

"We fully expect the market to improve in the coming months as implementation of the regulatory framework for biofuels catches up with the agreed EU legislation."




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