BDI to upgrade Scotland-based Argent Energy biodiesel plant

By Ron Kotrba | January 30, 2015

BDI-BioEnergy International AG signed a $12.4 million contract with Argent Energy (U.K.) Ltd., a 13 MMgy biodiesel plant in Motherwell, Scotland, owned by John Swire and Sons Ltd., to construct an esterification plant for conversion of waste fats with high free fatty acid (FFA) content.

BDI stated that the first construction phase of the project will convert the fat fraction into a biodiesel intermediate using the latest BDI technology. “This intermediate will subsequently be converted into standard-compliant, high-quality second-generation biodiesel fuel in a BDI multifeedstock biodiesel plant, which is currently in the planning and design stage,” BDI stated.

“This contract enables us to lay another successful milestone in the BDI history with our trend-setting new technology for recovering and utilizing the most difficult fatty wastes,” said Markus Dielacher, BDI’s chief technology officer and member of the management board.

The plant was originally designed and built by BDI in 2005. The facility underwent expansion three years ago. 

 

 
 
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