Vivergo to reopen for September's E10 rollout in UK

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Friday, February 26, 2021
AB Sugar is to reopen its Vivergo wheat to bioethanol plant on Humberside. This follows the government decision to introduce the E10 road fuel grade – 10% bioethanol and 90% petrol – later this year, AB Sugar parent Associated British Foods (ABF) has announced in a trading update. The Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed it will roll out E10 in the UK from September 2021, following a consultation process. UK agriculture has been pressing for this move for some years – Vivergo, opened in 2007 and now fully owned by ABF through its British Sugar subsidiary, was mothballed in 2018 partly due to a lack of market volume. Ensus, the other major UK bioethanol plant owned by Germany’s Sudzucker, has been operating at reduced levels. Both plants have a wheat intake capacity of around 1 million tonnes each, with the manufacturing process resulting in DDGS animal feed co-product. Government had been reluctant to back E10 in the face of opposition from some campaigners concerned that the process uses human food crops for fuel. But the government announcement of E10 emphasises the bioethanol will be made from “low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood”. The DfT says the introduction of E10 fuel is part of the government’s ambition to reach net zero by 2050. It estimates the move could cut UK transport carbon dioxide emissions by 750,000 tonnes a year – the equivalent to removing 350,000 cars from the road.
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