BDI to build France's largest multifeedstock biodiesel plant

By BDI BioEnergy International AG | July 10, 2012

BDI-BioEnergy International AG has been commissioned to build a multifeedstock biodiesel plant in the port of the French city of Le Havre. The order volume amounts to €16.4 million ($20.1 million).

The commission involves the entire biodiesel process as well as the assembly and installation of the plant. What will be the biggest multifeedstock biodiesel plant in France will be producing high-quality biodiesel exclusively from waste materials instead of from rapeseed oil, which has been the main raw material used in France up to now. The customer is EcoMotion France, a subsidiary of Saria and of Intermarché, one of the largest supermarket chains in France. The biodiesel manufactured in the new plant will be marketed via the filling station network of Intermarché. Locally collected animal fats that are not approved for human consumption and used cooking oil will be the raw materials processed. The plant will be designed to produce 75,000 tons per year (about 22.5 MMgy).

BDI has already built biodiesel and biogas plants for Saria Group companies in the past. The company has constructed biodiesel plants for EcoMotion Germany in Lünen and Malchin. EcoMotion France can enjoy an additional benefit with this commission, because biodiesel made from waste materials counts double in calculating achievement of the national targets for renewable energies in France—like in many other EU countries.

“We are delighted to have succeeded in convincing our longstanding customer Saria about our know-how and skills again in this project,” said Edgar Ahn, chief sales officer at BDI. “Our new commission demonstrates that there continues to be potential for new plants in the biodiesel sector. We do, however, think that there is a definite emphasis on plants that are able to process waste materials and thus help to promote environmental protection on a sustained basis. As the market and technology leader for multifeedstock biodiesel plants, BDI is excellently equipped to satisfy these requirements.”

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