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Volume 6, Issue 4
Published: May 7, 2012
Wheat for bioethanol â

When it comes to wheat processing plants, bioethanol certainly hits the mega-league for size. An average flour miller or animal feed compounder might use 50–200,000 tonnes of wheat per annum, with very few EU processors using more than 500,000 tonnes.

 

Most of the wheat to bioethanol sites are in the 500,000-tonne plus league, with a good proportion such as Ensus and Vivergo in the northeast of England and Abengoa in Rotterdam looking to use more than 1 million tonnes of wheat a year.

 

However, these investments do not come cheap. The companies need strong financial backers with deep pockets to ride the waves of a politically driven industry and to manage the price risks of two largely unconnected commodities – one food and the other energy.

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