Global agribusiness giant Cargill is building a US$150M multi-waste biodiesel plant in Belgium, the company announced on 22 October.

The new waste and residues-based facility will be built at the company’s existing integrated oilseed crush and Bioro biodiesel site in Ghent.

Construction of the 115,000 tonnes/year plant was due to begin in October 2020 with a scheduled opening date of June 2022.

“The new facility will be the first plant in Europe capable of processing all kinds of feedstocks, including acid oils from vegetable oil refining, liquid residues from industrial processes, and even the fat recovered from sewage sludge from local municipalities,” said Roger Janson, president of Cargill’s agricultural supply chain across Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Using technology supplied by BDI-BioEnergy International, the plant will process all types of liquid waste oils and fats, including by-products from food processing, waste from the food industry, and non-food crops grown on marginal land.

“The plant will utilise recycled products that would have previously been disposed of or used for low-value applications,” said Cargill Biodiesel managing director Alexis Cazin.

“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.”