Vivergo Ethanol Plant in U.K. Gets Wheat, Frontier Says

Vivergo Fuels Ltd.’s ethanol plant near Hull in eastern England received its first wheat delivery on April 3 as part of the facility’s startup, supplier Frontier Agriculture Ltd. said.

The plant is expected to take 1,200 metric tons of wheat in the first two weeks of operation, which will climb as more capacity is used, Witham St. Hughs, England-based Frontier wrote in a statement on its website today.

Vivergo, a joint venture between BP Plc, Associated British Foods Plc and DuPont Co., will use 1.1 million tons of wheat a year at its Hull plant to produce the biofuel ethanol, according to its website. That’s equal to 7.2 percent of last year’s U.K. wheat harvest, based on data from the Home-Grown Cereals Authority.

“This first delivery of grain will be used for commissioning which is well under way and will ramp up significantly,” Frontier wrote. “The new plant will mean that wheat that has traditionally been exported as animal feed will now stay in the U.K.”

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