Cargill's waste-based biodiesel plant in Ghent. Source: Cargill
Cargill's waste-based biodiesel plant in Ghent. Source: Cargill

Global agribusiness giant Cargill has announced the opening of an advanced biodiesel plant in Belgium to convert waste oils and residues into renewable fuel.

The 115,000 tonnes/year plant in Ghent is the one of the largest waste-to-biofuel facility in Europe, according to the company’s 15 June statement, and Cargill’s first advanced biodiesel production venture.

Cargill said it had invested US$150M in the existing oilseed crushing and biodiesel plant.

Using BDI-Bioenergy International’s patented RepCAT process technology, the facility would convert all types of liquid waste oils and fats, including used cooking oils, tallow and residues from edible oil production, into advanced biodiesel, Cargill said.

“By leveraging advanced waste-processing technology, we are providing a… solution that meets global renewable energy demands, respects environmental needs and helps customers realise greenhouse gas commitments,” Alexis Cazin, managing director for Cargill Biodiesel & Carbon EMEA, said. “But the benefits are much broader, especially when considered alongside our global portfolio of alternative fuels, as they offer a bridge toward a future, decarbonised transportation system.”

The advanced biodiesel produced at the facility would be used by the maritime and trucking sectors, Cargill said.

Austrian plant manufacturer BDI builds customised biodiesel plants and develops technologies for the industrial refining of by-products and waste products.