Argent Energy to expand biodiesel plant in Scotland

15 February 2011 17:37  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--UK biodiesel producer Argent Energy is moving ahead with plans to expand and upgrade its biodiesel plant at Motherwell, Scotland, a contractor said on Tuesday.

Austria-based biofuels engineering firm BDI BioEnergy said it won a €3.1m ($4.2m) contract to expand the plant's capacity and upgrade technologies so that the unit could use “difficult waste products” from the meat and food sectors as feedstock for biodiesel.

The Motherwell plant would use the same fat preparation technology BDI BioEnergy had installed at a biodiesel plant in Amsterdam, it added.

BDI BioEnergy expected to complete its work in less than 10 months, it said.

A BDI spokeswoman would not disclose capacity details. Argent officials were not immediately available for additional comment.

According to Argent’s website, the biodiesel plant at Motherwell is currently producing a weekly average of at least 875 tonnes, or 1m litres, of biodiesel.

($1 = €0.74)

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