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Construction at Vivergo's 300m Plant nears completion

Vivergo Plant Construction at the Vivergo site is now in the final stages and commissioning has started in some of areas of the plant. The Vivergo biorefinery, which will be one of the largest in Europe, will start production in late Spring 2012.

The company - based at Saltend, near Hull - will be one of the largest ethanol producers in Europe and the biggest in the UK, producing 420 million litres annually. It will also be the UK's largest single source supplier of animal feed, producing 500,000 tonnes per year. Vivergo's production process will use 1.1m tonnes of locally sourced feed-grade wheat per year.

Dave Richards, Managing Director at Vivergo Fuels, said:

'Vivergo Fuels represents one of the first major investments in the region's developing renewables agenda to be realised, and we sincerely hope that many more follow. This area is perfectly positioned to capture more investment in this exciting and growing sector.'

'We will directly employ around 70-80 highly skilled people - the majority of which have already been recruited and are from the local area - and we estimate that a further 1000+ jobs will be dependent on our business. Through the excellent support received from the Local Authorities and JobCentre Plus we have recruited a great team and we are still looking to fill a number of key roles.'

'We are committed to benefiting the local area both socially and economically. Vivergo represents an investment in the region of 300m and to date we have directly contributed over 50m to the local economy in the Hull area through our supplier and business contracts. Over 150,000 has also been raised and donated by our team in support of local charities and community groups. We are committed to developing and sustaining these relationships within the local area as we become operational.'

Vivergo Fuels was formed in 2007, as a biorefinery for the future. As a joint venture between AB Sugar, BP and DuPont, this new business will help to deliver a significant portion of the UK's forecast biofuel demand once fully operational in 2012.

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