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On Friday, the UK Secretary of State for the Environment, David Miliband, peeked in at the start of construction of a new £250 million bioethanol production plant to be run by Ensus in Teesside. The plant will open in 2009, and the Northern Echo reports that the plant will turn 1.2 million tons of wheat into 400 million liters of ethanol a year. Ensus says that's about a third of the UK's demand by 2010. Miliband rode in a Saab 9-5 BioPower to and from the event.

On June 30th, British Prime Minister Tony Blair went from a visit to a children's hospice to the official opening of the £45 million Teesside 1, the first biodiesel production plant operated by Biofuels Corporation PLC. Teesside also the largest biodiesel plant in the UK and, according to the company, has the "capacity to provide a quarter of the UK's Renewable Transport Fuel Obligation 2010 target for diesel." The plant was in operation before the official opening, and the Biofuels Corpor