Oct 8 2013
Vivergo was formed in 2007 as a biofuels business for the future – a way to sustainably and efficiently produce the fuel and food (animal feed) that we need.
Vivergo Fuels was formed in 2007 as a joint venture between AB Sugar (feedstock), BP (Energy)and DuPont (Chemical industry)
In the summer 2008 site preparation begins at the 25 acre plot at Saltend Chemicals Park, near Hull. The site was chosen due to its prime position on the Humber Estuary, the attractive combination of existing infrastructure and utilities, as well as the access to available land in a region that supports a skilled workforce for major manufacturing. The availability of combined heat and power technology which will supply steam and power to our plant is also a huge benefit.
In 2010 the majority of Vivergo's 80 permanent team members are recruited and training begins.
2012 plant is under commisioning
The plant uses 1.1 million tones of feed wheat on an annual basis, which produces 420 million litres of bioethanol – representing around a third of the UK's 2012/13 requirements under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation (RTFO). Our bioethanol will offer GreenHouse Gas (GHG) savings in excess of 50% over standard petrol, the equivalent of removing over 180,000 cars from the road!
The process at our plant converts 1.1 million tonnes of feed wheat into bioethanol and 500,000 tonnes of protein rich animal feed – in essence giving half the volume back to UK farmers in a more efficient and useable form.
Our animal feed will provide the protein requirement for 340,000 dairy cows each day, representing almost 20% of the UK dairy herd.
The animal feed products offered by Vivergo will benefit domestic farms by providing a consistent and easily accessible source as well as reducing their dependency on imported protein sources, which currently account for up to 80% of the requirement.
2013 official opening
The £350 million Vivergo bioethanol plant in Hull was officially opened July 8 2013 by the Rt. Hon Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. The new plant is the UK’s biggest bioethanol producer and largest single-source supplier of animal feed