Vireol Latest And A Glimpse Into The Future

Reuters are carrying a story today saying that construction of the UK's third major wheat bioethanol refinery, the Vireol plant at Grimsby, will comence this summer.

The plant will use over half a million tonnes of feed wheat per year, bringing the total volume of fresh wheat demand in the UK from Ensus, Vivergo and Vireol to well in excess of 2.5 MMT.

The Vireol plant should begin production in 2013 the article says, conveniently the same year that we are set to up the inclusion rate for fuel from renewable sources to 5%.

Full story: here.

Ten years from now we will need to be producing 10% of all our petrol fuel from renewable sources like wheat. Many will be rubbing their hands with glee saying "bring it on" I'm sure.

Things will undoubtedly be very different in 2020. There might be no livestock industry at all as every square metre of land is used for producing wheat so we can light the streets at night.

We might need to keep the streets well lit, with all the looting that will be going on.

Jan 2020: UK farmer shoots dead four children who broke through his 16 feet high perimeter fence to steal potatoes.

Feb 2020: KFC bargain bucket fetches £2,000 on eBay.

Mar 2020: Wheat hits all time record £480/tonne - We're holding on for £500 say growers.

Apr 2020: Cow spotted on Exmoor.

May 2020: Ram raiders escape with £5 million pounds worth of cauliflowers in daring High Street heist.

Jun 2020: Youths kick man to death in row over marmite sandwich.

Jul 2020: Old Trafford wheat crop "looking good" - Ferguson.

Aug 2020: London cucumber futures now more expensive than gold.

Sep 2020: £50 million lottery winner says "I'm going to eat, eat, eat."

Oct 2020: Ben Nevis wheat production hit by early snow.

Nov 2020: Wheat hits £950/tonne - Give us £1000 and we might sell a bit say UK farmers.

Dec 2020: UK's last remaining pensioner found frozen and starving to death clutching crust from loaf with 2012 sell-by date.