UK bioethanol market to use 19% of annual wheat supply

The Ensus and Hull wheat ethanol plants are expected to utilise 19% of the British wheat harvest, 2.3 million tonnes out of a total annual harvest of 14 million tonnes.

The chairman of the National Farmers Union crops board welcomed the plants despite the prospect of wheat imports to meet food needs, saying that the plants represented a price support for the wheat crop.

The NFU said that, in addition to ethanol, the wheat used by the Ensus and Hull plants would supply 350,000 tonnes of animal feed.

Total investment in the Ensus and Hull projects is projected at $800 million (€543 million). Shell will use ethanol from Ensus and BP will utilise ethanol from the Hull plant.

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