Chloe Shakesby

Jobs secured as Redcar biofuel plant selected to produce new low-emission petrol

A new low-emission petrol set to be rolled out across the country will be produced in Teesside.

E10 petrol, which is a mixture of petrol and ethanol made from materials such as low-grade grains, sugars and waste wood, will be rolled out across the country from September.

The Department for Transport has announced that one of the companies set to benefit will be biofuel plant Ensus, based in Redcar, which will increase its production to develop the new fuel.

The production will secure jobs at the plant, while the new fuel is expected to cut transport CO2 emissions by 750,000 tonnes per year.

Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen commented: “The fantastic news that Ensus, based on the Wilton site, will be ramping up production on the cutting-edge E10 biofuel shows once again that Teesside, Darlington and Hartlepool are leading the way for the whole of the UK in clean energy, growth and the industries of the future.

“This boost to our bioeconomy complements many other recent announcements from our region, such as becoming the home of the UK’s first Hydrogen Transport Centre, leading research, development and testing of new hydrogen transport technology for buses, cars, trains, lorries boats and planes.

“And with Net Zero Teesside’s Carbon Capture, Utilisation and Storage project also in development, to create the UK’s first zero-carbon industrial cluster, it shows that whether it’s clean transport or industry, we’re driving investment, spearheading nationally significant schemes and becoming the place to do business in these sectors – creating good-quality well paid jobs for local workers in key industries of the future.”

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