about 20% more energy over imported pellets.

“There is a lot of biomass generation that relies on importing biomass from abroad, undermining sustainability and compromising efficiency due to pellet deterioration in transit. “We don’t believe in shipping fuel around the world when local resources are available. We are committed to using local, sustainable sources for our biomass, reducing the transport carbon footprint and maintaining local jobs.

“This site meets our needs in terms of production, but also


products, which we want to help customers turn into biomass fuel. “The UK has now become our business and technology testing site.”

Close-up of Entrade biomass unit.

provides particularly reliable feedstocks. This is important because having a good baseline

product allows us to carry out better comparative research on new feedstocks, especially waste

Arensis operates a sizeable biomass research institute at the Knowlsey Industrial Park near Liverpool, one of the greenest industrial zones in England. It also recently installed 32 Entrade biomass conversion units at two UK sites of frozen food company Greenyard, which are estimated to save 10,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions per year. More information from

Eco-hoppers for wood pellet imports

On 6 June, The Port of Tyne took delivery of two new purpose- built eco-hoppers, marking a major milestone in the develop- ment of around £100 million of new infrastructure at the Port’s South Shields base in North-East England.

Arriving by sea, the 19 metre tall structures were designed to the Port’s specification and manufactured in Northern Spain at a cost of £4.5 million. They have an additional dust extraction unit at the end on the hopper extractor conveyor and, unlike the existing hoppers, they travel along the quay on rails. The hi-tech, fully automated hoppers have the ability to discharge 850 tonnes per hour and are integral to the import of wood pellets for Lyne- mouth Power Station in South

Northumberland, which will have been converted from coal-fired to biomass-powered generation by the end of this year.

The conversion is one of the largest civil engineering projects in the UK, with a total of £300 mil- lion invested by Lynemouth Power Ltd (LPL). The Port of Tyne has spent £38 million in upgrading quay capacity, extending its main Riverside Quay by 125 metres, and in specialist handling and storage equipment, including the hoppers. Three 36 metre high silos and 1,300 metres of enclosed con- veyors are under construction at the Port. In total, the project has created 1,000 jobs in construction alone and is expected to provide 130 full-time jobs.

Lynemouth Power Station will generate 420 MW of energy,

Tyne handled 1.1 million tonnes of wood pellets and from 2017 will handle a further 1.8 million tonnes per year for LPL.

Andrew Moffat, Port of Tyne’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “Since the UK’s decision to shift away from coal-fired power gen- eration, we have been putting in place the infrastructure to handle, store and transport the wood pel- let cargoes.

enough to power 450,000 homes. The Port of Tyne was the first UK port to handle wood pellets for power stations as they began to switch from coal to renewable fuels and has developed expertise in handling the specialist cargo since 2009. In 2016, the Port of

“The investments we have made in increasing Port capac- ity, including £25 million spent extending and upgrading Riverside Quay and a total of £13 million to provide the facilities for LPL, has ensured that we are in a good po- sition to replace the coal volumes that had virtually disappeared by the end of 2016.”

Paul Tomlinson, Managing Director of LPL, added: “The han- dling, storage and transportation of the wood pellets are critical to the success of the converted power station. We chose to work alongside the Port of Tyne given its track record for such activ- ity. Together, we’re working on an internationally significant infrastructure project, one of the largest ever undertaken in the power industry, that delivers the parallel benefits of energy secu- rity, environmental improvement and jobs”.

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