Cargill announced Thursday the construction of its first second-generation biodiesel plant from various wastes and residues. It will be located in Ghent thanks to an investment of 150 million euros, says the press release from the American food company.
The new sector will be developed at the Bioro site in Ghent, already active in the crushing of oilseeds and the production of biodiesel.
The new plant will have a biodiesel production capacity of 115,000 tonnes per year. Construction will begin in October 2020, with commissioning scheduled for June 2022. The new site will create around 20 direct jobs and 60 indirect jobs in the Ghent region.
“This revolutionary project will help meet the global demand for renewable energies while protecting natural resources,” said the American company.
“Cargill’s new plant in Ghent will become the first in Europe to be able to process all kinds of raw materials, including acid oils from the refining of vegetable oils, liquid residues from industrial processes and even fats recovered from sludge. purification at the local municipal level, ”added Roger Janson, head of Cargill Agricultural Supply Chain for the EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa) region.
Cargill employs 155,000 workers in 70 countries.