Vivergo Fuels £350m Saltend Biofuel Plant in Hull Restarts after Four-Month Shut Down
by Henry Saker-Clark (Hull Daily Mail) Vivergo Fuels stopped production in November putting 150 jobs at risk — A £350m Hull-based biofuel facility has restarted production after a four month shutdown, but warns that government action is still needed to secure its future.
In November, the Vivergo Fuels plant at Saltend stopped production, putting 150 jobs at risk.
The firm took the decision to close the plant, blaming the decision on “Government inaction on the future of renewable fuels and current market conditions”.
Vivergo has made the decision to reopen the plant as a result of the passing of the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO) through Parliament in March.
However, the managing director of Vivergo, Mark Chesworth, says much is still to be done, and is calling for E10 fuel – a more environmentally friendly blend of 10 per cent renewable bioethanol with petrol – to be introduced by government at the end of 2018.
The MD says that it is “vital” that the new fuel is introduced to the UK market to secure the future of the Saltend plant, which was built in 2012.
Mr Chesworth said: “Whilst we value the recent government commitment to the RTFO, it is vital that we now progress this through the rapid introduction of E10 for three key reasons.
“From an environmental perspective, it would provide an immediate impact on transport emissions to the benefit of the environment and public health.
“In terms of investment, our £350m plant was predicated on the UK government’s commitment to the Renewable Energy Directive enacted though to transport fuel to the RTFO, and anticipated the UK market would be twice what it is today by now. READ MORE