Graham awarded contract as part of Liverpool2 project

A new £100 million (€140 million) biomass terminal planned for the Port of Liverpool will see it handle up to 3 million tonnes of wood pellets a year as part of the decarbonisation of Drax power station.

The wood pellets – to be shipped to Liverpool from North America – are a by-product of the commercial forestry and saw-milling industry and will provide the Selby-based power station with a new, sustainable low carbon fuel source.

In transitioning from coal to sustainable biomass Drax will reduce its CO2 footprint by some 12 million tonnes per annum, the equivalent to removing 10% of the cars on the UK roads.

All of the wood pellets will be sent to Drax by rail from Liverpool to Selby ensuring there is no impact on the local road network.

The new biomass terminal, which includes a new rail loading facility and storage capacity for 100,000 tonnes, will be built by Graham Construction.

The new terminal is set to create an additional 47 permanent jobs at the Port of Liverpool, while construction of the facility and the supply chain will create up to a further 300 jobs.

The terminal is being built as part of Peel Ports' growth plans for the Port of Liverpool, with the company already investing £300 million to create the UK's most centrally located deep water container terminal, known as Liverpool2.

Liverpool2 will enable the port to handle the largest container ships in the global fleet while at the same time doubling the port's container capacity by 1 million TEU.

Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, says: 'As a business Peel Ports is investing £300 million to create the UK's most centrally-located deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool. We are also investing a further £100 million to create a new biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool, which will fuel the Northern Powerhouse by providing the wood pellets for Drax power station as part of the largest decarbonisation project in the EU.

The new terminal is set to open October 2015 and will become fully operational in July 2016.

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