Essar’s Stanlow Terminals to invest in UK’s ‘largest’ biofuels storage

London, Dec 13 (PTI) Stanlow Terminals Limited (STL), part of Indian conglomerate Essar’s UK arm Essar Oil UK, on Monday announced plans to make investments over the next three years to develop the UK’s “largest” biofuels storage hub located in the north west of England.

STL said the new facilities at the Stanlow Manufacturing Complex and Tranmere Terminal, located within the Port of Liverpool, will allow customers to store, blend and distribute bio-fuels suitable for use in the energy transition as drop-in replacement transport fuels for road, aviation and marine.

It said the investment is a key pillar in Stanlow Terminals’ strategic objective to become the UK’s largest bulk liquid storage and energy infrastructure solutions provider.

These key investments, and continued growth of our strategic relationships with customers, means Stanlow Terminals is firmly on track to becoming the largest sustainable storage and logistics hub in the UK, said Prashant Ruia, Essar Non-executive Chairman.

The government has set out a clear plan for decarbonising the economy and we are committed to playing our part in helping to achieve that, he said.

The investment is aimed at delivering 300,000 cubic metres of capacity to support customers in delivering the UK’s net zero transition climate target.

STL said it already provides biofuels storage capacity for customers through dedicated supply and delivery infrastructure.

The new customer-led investment will support the growth of initiatives such as sustainable aviation fuel (SAF) linked to Fulcrum’s Northpoint project, sustainable hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO) and will include waste based feedstock import facilities, blending and capacity expansion for existing bio-ethanol and bio-methanol.

Michael Gaynon, Stanlow Terminals Chief Executive Officer, said: The energy industry is changing. As the world comes together to develop innovative ways of generating sustainable energy, the supporting storage and transportation infrastructure needs to evolve.

We’re primed to lead the national charge and create the UK’s first sustainable energy hub. Utilising our strong geographical position, and experience in the energy sector, we are providing solutions based on the ability to safely handle energy products to meet the needs of society’s net zero goal.

STL said the market for energy from renewable sources in the UK is expanding rapidly, driven by legislative obligations to encourage lower carbon fuels.

Additional storage investment opportunities for low carbon energy products, such as e-fuels, bio-LPG, bio-methane, hydrogen and ammonia are progressing through feasibility studies.

These investments reflect the growing demand from partners and customers who are seeking storage facilities and expertise in future fuels handling, as businesses across the economy look to decarbonise and operate in a more sustainable way, the company said.

Earlier this year, Stanlow Terminals joined forces with parent company Essar and Fulcrum BioEnergy to develop a storage facility at Stanlow for sustainable aviation fuel manufactured from non-recyclable household waste.

The project will support the aviation industry’s continued reduction of carbon emissions and will support the UK drive towards becoming a net-zero economy.

Stanlow Terminals is also supporting the UK’s hydrogen economy and the HyNet North West project by developing storage and distribution facilities that will be required for the future to provide a multi modal hydrogen and carbon dioxide transport hub.

Stanlow Terminals is among the largest independent bulk liquid storage businesses in the UK, with 3 million cubic metres of capacity.

Located on the Mersey Estuary within the Port of Liverpool, it is a port asset with eight jetties and deep water facilities, offering flexible and efficient import and export of bulk liquids.