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Port of Tyne sees largest ever wood pellet shipment

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The Port of Tyne, UK, has discharged its largest ever wood pellet shipment - 62,522 tonnes - destined for Drax Power Station, North Yorkshire.

The consignment of sustainable biomass pellets provides Drax with enough fuel to generate reliable, flexible renewable electricity for around 1.3 million homes.

The vessel carrying the shipment, the 299-metre-long Ultra Lynx, sailed from Drax’s port facility in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It was berthed and discharged at Tyne Bulk Terminal and the cargo transferred to the port’s store, before being reloaded and redelivered to Drax Power Station in Selby. It took around 50 trains to move the material from the port.

“Drax Power Station is a critical national infrastructure at the heart of the UK’s energy system supplying millions of homes and businesses with reliable renewable electricity,” said Drax’s head of logistics, Mark Gibbens.

“This shipment of sustainable biomass from our pellet mills in the US – the largest yet through the Port of Tyne – highlights the critical role played by infrastructure such as the ports and rail in our supply chain.”