Global agribusiness giant ADM has partnered with leading US refiner Marathon Petroleum Corp (MPC) on a renewable diesel project in North Dakota, MPC announced.

The Green Bison Production soyabean processing facility in Spiritwood was expected to be operational in time for next year’s harvest, according to the 2 June statement.

MPC said the US$350M plant was expected to produce around 272,155 tonnes (600M pounds) of refined vegetable oil/year which would support the production of approximately 283M litres (75M gallons)/year of renewable diesel.

The vegetable oil produced at the plant would be supplied exclusively to MPC as a feedstock for renewable diesel, the company said.

“The Green Bison Soy Processing facility will help us further optimise our renewable feedstock sourcing,” Dave Heppner, MPC’s senior vice president of Strategy and Business Development, said.

Once operational, the plant was expected to have the capacity to process 150,000 bushels/day of soyabeans, the company said.