A new £100m biomass terminal planned for the Port of
Liverpool will see it handle up to 3mt (million tonnes) of wood
pellets a year as part of the decarbonization of Drax power
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 12mt 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
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’ ambitious
growth plans for the Port of Liverpool, with the company already
investing £300m 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 1M TEU.
The investments at the Port of Liverpool will drive jobs and
deliver international trade to the very centre of the UK —
representing a huge opportunity to fuel the concept of a
Northern Powerhouse and help to rebalance the UK economy.
The UK Government’s Northern Powerhouse document
‘Transport for the North’ describes the north of England as the ‘freight and logistics capital’ of the UK, and Liverpool is centrally
placed to play a vital role in supporting this.
Mark Whitworth, CEO of Peel Ports, said: “As a business Peel
Ports is investing £300m to create the UK’s most centrally
located deep-water container terminal at the Port of Liverpool.
“Creating a deep-water container terminal in the north of
England is a vitally important component of the Northern
Powerhouse and will help to re-balance the economy. Currently
more than 90% of deep sea containers enter the UK through
Southern ports but more than 60% are delivered to or originate
in the northern half of the UK.
“In addition we are also investing a further £100m 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 decarbonization project in
“Our new relationship with Drax illustrates the importance of
east/west connectivity in driving growth and creating jobs in the
north of England.
“In addition it shows how globally important assets such as
the Port of Liverpool can be used to unlock the potential of the
Northern Powerhouse by helping businesses like Drax ensure
the security of their supply by putting in place well thought-out
global supply chains.”
Andy Koss, CEO, Drax Power Limited, said: “The biomass
terminal at the Port of Liverpool, will enable us to further our
ambitious decarbonization plans and ensure DRAX continues to
lead the charge when it comes to creating sustainable, affordable
“It is important to us that we measure the carbon footprint
of every step in our supply chain from harvesting to
transportation. By shipping to Liverpool and transporting our biomass via rail, Peel Ports have provided us with a logistics solution which minimizes carbon emissions and helps us maintain our low-carbon manifesto.”