One of the largest biodiesel plants in Europe is located in Flanders
The American agri-food corporation Cargill recently expanded its factory with a new biodiesel plant at the North Sea Port in Ghent. The plant is now one of the largest of its kind in Europe and is designed to convert waste oil and fats into renewable fuel, reducing its carbon footprint in the process.
The new biodiesel facility supports the circular economy in the North Sea Port, by reusing discarded products and waste. The expansion of the plant costed a total of 150 million dollar and created a total of 80 direct and indirect jobs in the Ghent area. The plant will be able to produce up 115,000 tons of biodiesel per year.
Managing Director Alexis Cazin highlighted the importance of environmentally friendly investments during the official opening: "With this advanced waste treatment technology, we offer an innovative solution that responds to the global demand for renewable energy, respects environmental requirements and helps our customers meet their greenhouse gas commitments."
The North Sea Port in Ghent. - © BELGA PHOTO JONAS D'HOLLANDER