Mogilevkhimvolokno selects BDI-BioEnergy for biodiesel plant

06 December 2010 13:21  [Source: ICIS news]

PRAGUE (ICIS)--OAO Mogilevkhimvolokno has selected BDI-BioEnergy International to build a €10m ($13.3m) biodiesel plant in Belarus, the Austria-based biofuels company said on Monday.

OAO Mogilevkhimvolokno selected BDI-BioEnergy International in April as the result of a tender procedure to construct the 50,000 tonne/year plant at Mogilev, it said.

“The commission from Belarus is highly significant. The development of alternative energies from renewable sources is a global trend that cannot be stopped,” said BDI-BioEnergy CEO Wilhelm Hammer.

OAO Mogilevkhimvolokno is a subsidiary of Belarusian state-owned petrochemical holding company Belneftekhim.

The output of the biodiesel plant would far exceed the specifications of European biodiesel standard EN14214, said BDI BioEnergy.

Rapeseed oil, sourced from crops guaranteed under a government land commitment, would be used as feedstock in the plant’s biodiesel production, it added.

“Implementation of the government’s specification that biodiesel must be added to diesel fuel can be guaranteed in this way. Speculation with agricultural raw materials, which is the main price driver, will be curbed as a result,” said Hammer

Discussions on a possible future expansion of the plant from a single-feedstock to a multi-feedstock configuration had been held between BDI-BioEnergy and OAO Mogilevkhimvolokno, said BDI-BioEnergy.

($1 = €0.75)

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