Vince Cable opens massive biofuels plant

bioethanol-plantFor a picture of Vince Cable in a hard hat and hi vis clothing, check out the Yorkshire Post.  He was opening a £350 million bio-fuels plant in Humberside, one of the largest in Europe.

The plant converts animal quality wheat into bioethanol which is then added to petrol to produce a greener fuel. This is in an area which has been described as the ‘wheat belt’ of the UK.

Vince Cable is quoted as saying:

Here we are turning an agricultural product potentially into very good fuel, blending for motor vehicles, creating environmentally friendly products. So it’s good all round – economics, environment, jobs.

The plant will create 80 new jobs on site and generate up to 1000 more in the wider economy.  Protein and fibre left over, after the wheat has been brewed and the ethanol extracted, will be supplied as animal fodder, contributing about one fifth of the amount needed to feed diary herds in the UK.



* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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