Production has re-started at Teesside-based biofuels producer Ensus following maintenance work by new owner CropEnergies.

Commercial confidentiality means that the company will give no figures on how much grain is being taken in or how long it will take to reach full production.

However, the move will intensify the north’s wheat deficit and add to the upwards price pressure on feed wheat values. Trade for spot grain is already in a £24/t range, with top prices being paid in Northumberland and the Borders.

German biofuels producer CropEnergies bought the Wilton plant in July this year and has promised a £50m investment. Ensus employs about 100 people directly.

The plant is one of the largest in Europe, with an annual capacity of 400,000 litres of ethanol for greener road fuel, 350,000t/year of dried high protein animal feed (DDGS) and 300,000t/year of carbon dioxide for the food and drinks industry.

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