Wheat Ethanol Plant Opens in Hull, UK

By Staff | August 12, 2013

The 420 MMly (110 MMgy) Vivergo Fuels Ltd. wheat-to-ethanol plant in Hull, U.K., began operations in July. The plant, a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont Industrial Biosciences, was built for more than $448 million. 

The plant’s annual production capacity is equivalent to one-third of the U.K.’s current ethanol demand. The facility will also produce 500,000 metric tons of distillers grains annually, enough to feed about one-fifth of the U.K.’s diary herd.  

Praj Industries Ltd. provided the license for the technology as well as basic engineering and some equipment, including the core process block of liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, multi-effect evaporation and molecular sieve dehydration. According to Praj, the highly efficient facility features a unique integrated distillation, dehydration and evaporation system, which reduces energy consumption, including a 30 to 40 percent reduction in water and steam use.