Port of Liverpool terminal to supply pellets to Drax

By Erin Voegele | September 25, 2015

In June, U.K.-based Peel Ports Group announced plans for a new £100 million ($158.29 million) biomass terminal at the Port of Liverpool. The facility will supply pellets to the Drax power station in Selby.

The terminal will be owned and operated by Ligna Biomass Ltd., a company owned by the shareholders of Peel Ports Group Ltd. U.K.-based Graham will build the facility. The project is scheduled to be fully operational by next July.

Once complete, the terminal will have the capacity to handle up to 3 million tons of wood pellets per year. Pellets that arrive at the port will be shipped via rail from Liverpool to Selby. Peel Ports Group estimates the terminal will have the ability to facilitate up to 10 train loads of pellets per day, accounting for up to 40 percent of the total wood pellets consumed by Drax each year. In addition to rail loading capability, the port facility will also feature 100,000 tons of pellet storage capacity.