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Pellet handling in Immingham reaches 130,000 t per week

23.03.2018 − 

A good one and a half years after the start-up of the comprehensively extended pellet-handling terminal “Immingham Renewable Fuels Terminal (IRFT)”, the facility has meanwhile attained a performance level of up to 130,000 t of pellets per week. The new crane systems on the quay enable up to 2,300 t of pellets to be unloaded per hour. Storage capacity amounts to 336,000 t. According to information from British Drax Group roughly 135m £ has been jointly invested in the port with Associated British Ports (ABP) since work on the extension began in 2013.

The terminal in Immingham is mainly for supplying biomass to the Selby power station, which Drax is switching from coal to pellet-firing in several stages. The pellets are transported the fifty miles from the port to the power station by rail using railway wagons specially developed for pellets with a payload of 71.6 t.

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