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Vivergo Fuels proposes to close UK ethanol plant

Vivergo Fuels Ltd, the UK’s largest producer of ethanol and high protein animal feed, has announced that it plans to cease production at its plant in Hull citing the continued difficult trading environment and delays in the implementation of E10 in the UK.

Vivergo Fuels ethanol plant in Hull started operations in 2007, when it was initially formed as a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP, and Du Pont, to create a Biofuels Business. In 2015, AB Sugar acquired BPs share to become the majority shareholder of Vivergo. The plant is the largest in the UK and the second largest in Europe (photo courtesy Vivergo Fuels).

I am extremely disappointed at having to announce the proposed cessation of production as of the 30 September 2018 at the Vivergo Fuels plant. We have created a highly skilled and world-class business that had the opportunity to be part of a British sustainable biofuels industry. But sadly, the Government’s lack of pace over the past decade to introduce E10 has further undermined our ability to operate. My employees are my number one concern at this time and we have entered into consultation with them. I would like to take this opportunity to thank our workforce, past and present partners, growers and customers for their support since the creation of our plant in 2007, Mark Chesworth, Managing Director, Vivergo Fuels.

Vivergo Fuels Ltd is a company within the AB Sugar group of businesses that is part of Associated British Foods plc (ABF), the international ingredients and retail group. ABF operates across 24 plants in 10 countries and employs around 32 000 people. Earlier this year the plant restarted following a four-month shut-down period following “unfavourable” trading conditions.

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