Specialist engineer Spencer Group has completed the first part of a £150m investment in biomass handling facilities on the Humber.
The completed 50m-tall silo, one of the tallest structures in Hull, is part of a 15-year contract between Associated British Ports and Drax Power to transport sustainable biomass to its power station at Selby.
Some one million tonnes a year of biomass wood pellets imported by sea from the United States and Canada will be stored in the facility before being transported by road to Selby.
The silo can store 1,800 tonnes of wood pellets at any one time and is filled by 60 truckloads of biomass over three-hour periods, twice daily, loading at the rate of 600 tonnes per hour.
Drax director of corporate affairs Philip Hudson said: “The facility at the Port of Hull is an impressive feat of engineering, addressing successfully a number of operational challenges.”
Spencer Group earlier designed and built a biomass reception, handling and storage facility at Drax power station.
Drax’s ambitions to eventually convert to biomass have been hit by a row over state aid, with the European Commission looking at whether the Government’s underwriting of a £75m loan for the conversion broke EU rules.
Environmental campaign group Friends of the Earth and Bristol Energy Co-operative have alleged that the loan broke regulations on state aid to businesses.