Ensus bioethanol build back on

A dispute delaying construction work on the UK’s largest bioethanol plant has been resolved.

On Tuesday 4 August workers on the plant at Teesside were sent home on paid leave over a commercial dispute involving project managers Simon Carves and its sub-contractors.

Simon Carves reportedly cut strings with the project leaving Ensus to manage the build.

But an Ensus spokesman has now confirmed that Simon Carves is back conducting work as normal.

The site closure was the latest in a string of delays to the 400 million litre plant, which is due to open later this year.

Workers at the site have staged two wildcat strikes this year in support of fellow Lindsey Oil Refinery workers in Lincolnshire who were in a dispute over redundancies.

‘We have been running late, but have started commissioning processes,’ Ensus CEO Alwyn Hughes says. ‘This is a massive integrated chemical plant and will be brought online over a number of months. This plant represents something very positive for the future in what is a difficult time for the industry.’

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