The Green Bison soya processing facility in Spiritwood is expected to begin crushing and processing soyabeans in the next few weeks.

A joint venture between Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) – with a 75% share – and the remaining share owned by Marathon Petroleum, the facility will become the first dedicated soyabean crushing plant and refinery in Dakota and help meet rising demand for renewable diesel fuel, according to a statement on the Green Bison website.

Once operational, the facility at the Spiritwood Energy Park Association’s industrial park would have a processing capacity of 150,000 bushels/day of soyabeans, the company said.

Green Bison said the facility would produce 272,155 tonnes/year (600M pounds/year) of refined soyabean oil to be used in the production of renewable diesel and would also generate 1.28M tonnes/year of soyabean meal.

Soyabean oil produced at the plant would be shipped daily by rail to Marathon Petroleum’s refinery in Dickinson for conversion to biodiesel, The Dickinson Press reported on 23 August.

The partnership could produce up to 75M barrels/year of biodiesel, the report said.

If necessary, the plant also had the facilities to transport oil by truck, according to the report.