BDI upgrades Portuguese biodiesel plant to multifeedstock

By BDI-BioEnergy International AG | October 11, 2012

BDI-BioEnergy International AG has concluded a contract with Portuguese company Assunto Importante S.A. to upgrade the existing biodiesel plant in Sines. The local petroleum industry will be the end-user of the biodiesel produced. The order volume is in the single-digit million range.

The objectives of the project are not only to increase the raw material flexibility of the existing plant, but also and in particular to improve the quality of the biodiesel so it satisfies the requirements of the stricter quality standard EN14214/2013, which will have to be observed in the future. This is being done in the context of the BDI RetroFit program. In its capacity as technology leader, BDI modernizes existing biodiesel plants with this program, irrespective of the original technology used in the plants.

“Thanks to our many years of experience in the construction of biodiesel plants, we are in a position to identify the potential improvements that can be made to any plant and then plan and implement customized solutions,” explained Edgar Ahn, chief sales officer of BDI.

The company in Sines is opting to use such waste materials as animal fat or used cooking oil to manufacture biodiesel, and as a result, 25,000 metric tons (approximately 7.5 MMgy) of “second-generation” biodiesel [i.e., biodiesel from waste streams rather than first-use materials] will be produced for the local petroleum industry per year as a result. This commission demonstrates the increasing demand for second-generation biofuels. The exclusive use of waste materials is not just good for the environment, but it also enables the quantity targets set by the EU Commission for the proportion of fuel accounted for by sustainably manufactured biodiesel to be met.

The RetroFit program has already been used successfully in numerous cases since it was introduced. Plants all over the world based on many different original technologies have been given a sound future by this program. BDI-BioEnergy International AG is expecting to receive further commissions in this area due to the economic need to use low-cost waste materials in biodiesel manufacturing combined at the same time with increasingly exacting quality demands made by the petroleum oil industry.


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