Vivergo Fuels opens major, wheat-fed bioethanol plant in UK

Vivergo Fuels Ltd. has opened the UK's largest bioethanol plant based on Praj technology and design.

The greenfield biorefinery, operating on UK feed wheat, is highly energy efficient with distillation, dehydration and evaporation integrated uniquely, reducing energy consumption. The plant adheres to EU sustainability criteria for Greenhouse Gas (GHG) savings.

Vivergo Fuels is a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont. This plant is capable of producing around one third of the UK's bioethanol demand for petrol and will be the UK's largest single-source supplier of animal feed.

Vivergo Fuels has already gained International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC), certifying that the bioethanol plant fully complies with the requirements of the EU Renewable Energy Directive.

Praj, a global process engineering and solutions provider, granted the license for the technology, basic engineering and certain equipment for the core process block, which includes liquefaction, fermentation, distillation, multi-effect evaporation and molecular sieve dehydration.

The plant, which is the second in the UK based on Praj technology, is designed to use 1.1 million metric tons of feed-grade wheat to produce 420 million liters of bioethanol and 500,000 metric tons of protein-rich animal feed per year.

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