The investment into Ensus UK’s bioethanol production plant at Wilton on Teesside in northeast England will, according to CropEnergies, enhance the overall profitability of the site, as well as reduce CO2 emissions and strengthen the company’s position on the European ethanol and protein markets.
The major part of the investment will be the construction of a new unit for the production of high-protein animal feed. The new product – which will be marketed under the brand name EnPro – is a high-protein product aimed at UK and European aquafeed and pet food markets. The total investment will be approximately €75 million with commissioning being scheduled for 2025.
Dr Stephan Meeder, CEO and CFO of CropEnergies, said in a press release: “By turning feed grain into high-protein feed with a wider range of applications, we are diversifying our product range and also helping to address the UK’s protein shortage. EnPro is a product which fits perfectly into CropEnergies’ dedication to a circular economy. We utilise all of our raw materials and refine them into products which benefit the markets in which we operate.”
Additional investments are mainly aimed at improving plant reliability and reducing emissions. Some of the installed feed driers will be replaced or upgraded. Another project is the installation of a mechanical vapour recompression unit, which will also bring about significant reductions of CO2 emissions.