|German biodiesel capacity in 2006.|
Cargill is investing in a new 200,000 tonnes/year (60.4 million gallons US) biodiesel facility in Mainz in Germany. The output will be equivalent to approximately 10% of the currently projected biodiesel production capacity of 2,033,000 tonnes in Germany in 2006, according to figures from the German Union for the Promotion of Oil and Protein Plants.
The new plant will complement Cargill’s existing oilseed crushing and refining operations in the region and is expected to commence production in Q3 2006.
In January of this year, Cargill announced that the company’s oilseed crushing capacity in Germany is being extended. This extension will enable Cargill to maintain vegetable oil supplies to food customers while meeting the increasing demand for vegetable oils for biodiesel. The extension will result in an increased capacity of around 50% across the Salzgitter, Mainz and Riesa sites.
Also earlier this year, Cargill announced that it will build a 37.5-million-gallons-per-year biodiesel plant and 30-million-pounds-per-year glycerin refinery in Iowa Falls, adjacent to its existing soybean crush facility. (Earlier post.)
Cargill, which is the third-largest producer of ethanol in the US, also has a biodiesel joint venture with Agravis Raiffeisen AG in Wittenberge, Germany. Cargill is a US$ 63-billion (revenue) international provider of food, agricultural and risk-management products and services.