Three year bioethanol contract for Lewis

Lewis tankers road tankerYorkshire-based road tanker operator Lewis Tankers has won a three year contract from Vivergo Fuels to handle UK distribution of bioethanol from the company’s new £350m biorefinery at Saltend, near Hull.

The plant, which is scheduled to become fully operational in the first quarter of 2013, will eventually produce 420m litres annually, making Vivergo Fuels the UK’s single biggest bioethanol producer.

Lewis Tankers will utilise a fleet of dedicated road tanks to distribute the bioethanol to the refineries of the UK’s major fuel suppliers, where it will be blended with gasoline to meet the UK Government’s targets under the Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation.

Stewart MacDonald, Lewis Tankers’ managing director, said: “This is an important contract win for us. We will be responsible for all Vivergo Fuel’s UK distribution, which, when production reaches full capacity, means we will have a fleet of 20 plus dedicated road tanks delivering over 3.5 million litres of bioethanol every week.”

Rob Murray, Logistics Manager at Vivergo, said: “We’re delighted to have awarded this contract to a local supplier and look forward to working closely with Lewis Tankers in the road based distribution of our bioethanol.”