Biomass centre opens in Hull

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Published: Thursday 4th December 2014 by The News Editor

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The first part of a £150m investment in biomass handling schemes has opened in Hull.

The storage depot at the King George Dock will hold 1,800 tonnes of wooden pellets which will be loaded on to trains and sent to North Yorkshire to power the Drax power station.

According to the site’s owners, Associated British Ports, the new centre had created 40 new, full-time jobs on top of those temporary positions created during its construction.

It is estimated that around one million tonnes of wooden pellets will pass through the 50-metre tall silo every year. The pellets are made of unwanted wood from trees felled in America and Canada.

The automated silo, which can load up to four trains a day, is able to fill 30 rail wagons with 1,500 tonnes of biomass in about 45 minutes, according to its designers. Philip Hudson, of Drax, described the silo as “an impressive feat of engineering”.

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Published: Thursday 4th December 2014 by The News Editor

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