Associated British Ports (ABP) and Drax announced on March 20 that a shipment of 63,907 metric tons of wood pellets had been received and unloaded earlier in the week. It was the largest shipment of wood pellets handled to date at the Port of Immingham, according to the York Press.
The wood pellets arrived from the US Port of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in a Zheng Zhi bulk carrier ship. Loading was completed on 23 February and berthed at Humber International Terminal in the Port of Immingham on 13 March. The pellets were produced in the US at Drax’s three pellet mills and will be used as biomass fuel to produce electricity at Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire.
“Drax Power Station is critical national infrastructure at the heart of the U.K.’s energy system and we take this responsibility very seriously, especially now amid the ongoing coronavirus situation,” said Andy Koss, CEO of Drax Generation.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure that we maintain a continuous, stable and reliable electricity supply for millions of homes and businesses in the U.K.”
This shipment of sustainable biomass from our pellet mills in the US, the largest yet, highlights the critical role played by infrastructure such as the ports and rail in the supply chain.
“Our colleagues here on the Humber are working hard to keep our homes powered, our stores stocked and keeping Britain trading,” said Simon Bird, director of ABP Humber. “A huge thank you is deserved for all those working through this time. ABP is working around the clock to ensure the wellbeing of employees and customers and the safe continuation of operations.”
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