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Cargill to invest $150 million in multi-waste and residue biodiesel plant; the largest order in BDI’s history.

Agribusiness giant Cargill has announced plans to construct a multi waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant at its existing integrated oilseeds crush and Bioro biodiesel site in Ghent, Belgium. The $150 million project, which will be using BDI-BioEnergy International’s technology to help meet global renewable energy demand and enable Cargill to maintain its position across Europe, both in producing renewable fuels and providing customers with sustainable and safe solutions. The new plant will have a production capacity of 115,000 tons of biodiesel per year and is scheduled to be opened in June 2022 and will create around 20 new direct jobs and an additional 60 indirect jobs in the Ghent community.

“The new Cargill facility in Ghent will be the first plant in Europe capable of processing all kinds of feedstocks, including fatty acids from vegetable oil refining, liquid residues from industrial processes, and even the fat recovered from sewage sludge from local municipalities,” explains Roger Janson, President Agricultural Supply Chain, Cargill ( @Cargill ).

“Cargill’s circular economy approach brings added sustainability benefits to not only our customers, but also to the end consumer, as the plant will utilize recycled products that would have previously been disposed of or used for low-value applications,” said Alexis Cazin, Managing Director, Cargill Biodiesel.

“In certain sectors such as transportation, developing high blend solutions for trucks or significantly reduced carbon marine fuel for shipping can only be achieved using this waste processing technology. Advanced biodiesel from waste and residues will provide concrete, cost effective solutions bringing major benefits to citizens, communities and the environment,” he continued.

The plant will use the latest technology by BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH which enables the processing of all types of used cooking oils and fats, including by-products from food processing and waste from the food industry.

Markus Dielacher, CEO, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH declares, “Our share in this lighthouse project represents the largest order volume in BDI’s history. In spite of the generally known difficult economic conditions, we are very proud of this success. With the multi-feedstock biodiesel technology RepCAT we developed, Cargill will be able to make an important contribution to the decarbonization of the European transport sector.”

Hermann Stockinger, CSO, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH states, “Cargill is one of the most important biofuel producers in the world. With the new plant, Cargill is focusing on future-proof biofuels from waste and residues, in accordance with the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED II). The technology know-how and production plant for this comes from Austria.”

In July, Cargill joined the global renowned Ellen MacArthur Foundation, standing alongside other companies, governments and academic institutions to promote and accelerate a circular economy, a vision and approach that focuses on reusing rather than discarding materials.

Bio Market Insights will be co-hosting a webinar with BDI on the 25th November – Don’t waste, invest! With a successful retrofit concept, you can ensure your biodiesel plant is fit for the futureregister here today. 

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Read: How best to measure the bio-based sector’s contribution to the UN SDGs?

Attend: World Bio Markets – Amsterdam, March 2021. 

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Download: Issue #18 of the Bio Market Insights Quarterly.



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