The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO) has certified Cargill’s new palm kernel crushing plant at its PT Hindoli oil palm plantation in South Sumatra, Indonesia, the company said on 3 November.

“The plant will cater to growing local demand for certified-sustainable crude palm kernel oil (PKO) from speciality fats and oleochemicals manufacturers, while the palm kernel expeller by-product will serve as a quality feedstock for the local animal husbandry sector,” Cargill said.

Drawing its palm kernel supplies from Cargill’s other RSPO-certified mills in South Sumatra – Sungai Lilin, Tanjung Dalam and Mukut – the PT Hindoli kernel crushing plant can produce up to 98 tonnes/day of sustainable PKO and 124 tonnes/day of palm kernel expeller.

Cargill said vigorous sustainability commitments made by global consumer goods companies, coupled with growing global demand for PKO, meant demand for sustainably-produced palm kernel products was expected to keep rising.

PT Hindoli would begin selling its RSPO-certified PKO and palm kernel expeller starting in January 2017, it said.

The plant’s certification follows on from RSPO certification of Cargill’s PT Harapan Sawit Lestari’s Paku Juang kernel crushing plant in West Kalimantan earlier this year.

Cargill said it was working towards RSPO certification for its third palm kernel crushing plant at Poliplant Group’s Sungai Kerandi mill in West Kalimantan.