Global corporation Cargill relies on sustainable technologies from Styria

Cargill already has a plant in Gent, Bioro that produces biodiesel from multiple vegetable oils. ©BELGA

The American company Cargill is investing in a state-of-the-art biodiesel plant in Belgium, using Austrian technology

In order to further strengthen its commitment to fight climate change and contribute to a more circular economy, Cargill is constructing a multi waste- and residues-based biodiesel plant at its existing integrated oilseeds crush and Bioro biodiesel site in Gent, Belgium. The groundbreaking $150 million project helps meet global renewable energy demand while protecting natural resources, and enables Cargill to maintain its leading position across Europe, both in producing renewable fuels and providing customers with sustainable, responsible and safe solutions.

“The new Cargill facility in Gent 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).

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.”

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.

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.”

About BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH

BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH is the market and technology leader in the construction of customized BioDiesel plants using the patented Multi-Feedstock process developed in-house. This process enables BioDiesel to be produced efficiently using different raw materials such as vegetable oils, used cooking oil and animal fats.

Since the company’s founding in 1996, BDI has specialized in the development of technologies for the industrial upgrading of by-products and waste products while at the same time ensuring optimum resource conservation. The company has an extensive patent portfolio resulting from its in-house research and development operations. True to the motto, BDI supports customers along the entire value chain. The range of services provided spans from contract research and process development via authority, basic and detail engineering, construction and start-up to subsequent after-sales service. BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH currently has 100 employees.

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Global corporation Cargill relies on sustainable technologies from Styria