BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH announced on February 17 that it has contracted with Renewable Energy Group to modernize two biodiesel plants in Germany by installing state-of-the-art feedstock pre-treatment technology to treat waste fats and oils.
According to REG, the project is located at the North Sea port of Emden, Germany, near the coast of the Netherlands. The new feedstock pre-treatment facility will allow REG’s biodiesel plants in Emden and Oeding, Germany to process a wider variety of feedstocks, including advanced “generation 3” feedstocks as defined in the European Renewable Energy Directive (RED II).
In a statement, BDI said it would upgrade facilities in Emden and Oeding by installing its RetroFit technology. “Thanks to our innovative RetroFit program, we are taking the two biodiesel plants to a whole new technical and economic level. The result is unique raw material flexibility, maximum plant availability and a measurable contribution to the circular economy and CO2 reduction.” said Markus Dielacher, CEO of BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH.
REG said the strategic upgrade will allow the company to continue to expand its strong global supply and trade position, produce more deeply decarbonized fuel and better serve European customers looking to accelerate their transition to cleaner energy.
“This strategic investment expands our already wide selection of feedstock options that we operate today in Emden and Oeding, and enables us to better meet the growing demand for low carbon fuel options in Europe” , said CJ Warner, president and CEO of REG. “Upgrading our German production sites with our proprietary technology will position us well for the future, strengthen our supply assurance and allow us to further reduce the carbon intensity of the renewable fuels we produce.”
REG has all the permits required for construction and the project is expected to be completed in the second half of 2023 with start-up by the end of the year.