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UK’s Port of Tyne invests £1m in wood pellet handling operations

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The Port of Tyne, one of the UK’s major deep-sea ports, has announced a £1 million (€1.1 million) investment in its wood pellet handling operations.

As part of the investment, state-of-the-art equipment is being installed and a range of measures implemented to help combat dust emissions from the dry wood pellets it handles into the UK.

Improvements include dust bosses, which create a continuous water mist spray to prevent dust particles flying into the air; pyramid covers, which enclose the top sections on the eight cargo grabs; skirting on hoppers, which increase airflow and reduce dust emissions; and a micro-fogging system at strategic points within the warehouse and on ventilation units, making dust fall to the floor.

Matt Beeton, chief executive at the Port of Tyne, said: “These measures ensure that we are doing everything we possibly can to decrease dust emissions to the lowest level possible.

“We have, over recent months, been carrying out a range of proactive investigations and have engaged the services of the best external, independent, professional advice to support our improvements.

“We were aware the situation needed improvement and this investment in the very latest innovation and state-of-the-art equipment underlines our determination not just to meet standards, but to go over and above them, with best practice in every area of the business.

“We are working closely with our stakeholders and thank them for their support. Noticeable improvements have already begun, and more will follow.”