VIVERGO has officially opened its animal feed and bioethanol plant on the Humber Estuary in a move welcomed by the NFU.
Despite experiencing teething problems earlier this year, the company said it was on course to ‘ramp up’ production of bioethanol and animal feed throughout 2013.
The plant at Salt End hopes to be the UK’s biggest single source supplier of dried distillers grains with solubles – the co-product obtained during brewing and distillation of cereal grain into bioethanol, which is then used as a high protein animal feed.
Vivergo said the new plant will source 1.1 million tonnes of wheat per year, making it the biggest wheat buyer in the UK as well as the biggest single source supplier of animal feed.
A Vivergo spokesman said: “[The plant] provides a major boost to farmers in the region and is committed to sourcing local wheat wherever possible.
“Delivering a project of the scale and size of the Vivergo plant is a complex and challenging process. While some aspects of the construction and commissioning programme have run very smoothly, others have encountered more difficulties and therefore timescales have been revised accordingly.”
Vivergo said it would attempt to source all wheat locally via the Frontier Humber Gold group, although it said contingency plans were in place to source from other parts of the UK if needed.
Brett Askew, NFU combinable crops board member, said the plant should help both the arable and livestock sectors following a difficult twelve months.
He said: “It is a boost to farmers to hear Vivergo will be maximising its potential capacity in the run up to harvest. The industry’s troubles have been well documented over the past year and the latest noises emerging from Brussels on CAP reform have done little to lighten the mood.”
The NFU added problems had been made worse by the ‘temporary mothballing’ of North East ethanol plant Ensus, as well as high animal feed prices as a result of poor weather.
Vivergo Humber Estuary plant
- The plant will produce 500,000 tonnes of animal feed per year (about 20 per cent of UK dairy herd requirement)
- It will produce 420 million litres of bioethanol
(Source – http://www.farmersguardian.com/home/business/vivergo-bioethanol-plant-aiming-to-ramp-up-production/57009.article)