Cargill to build 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas

By Ron Kotrba | September 21, 2017

Cargill announced plans Sept. 21 to build a 60 MMgy biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas. The 42,000-square-foot facility is expected to cost $90 million and open in early 2019. Construction will begin this December, according to Cargill.

The new biodiesel plant will be located next to its oilseed processing plant and will replace an existing oil refinery currently managed by Cargill’s global edible oil business. The biodiesel plant will employ 35 fulltime workers.

“At Cargill, we’re prepared to handle demand for biofuels while balancing it against the need to nourish a growing global population,” said Warren Feather, oilseed managing director for Cargill’s agricultural supply chain business.

Cargill currently operates two large-scale biodiesel plants in Kansas City, Missouri, and Iowa Falls, Iowa. It produces ethanol and biodiesel in the U.S. and the EU, ethanol in Brazil, and biodiesel in Argentina.

The announcement to build a new biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kansas, comes just a month after the U.S. Department of Commerce imposed stiff preliminary duties on biodiesel imports from Argentina. According to Genscape and its data collected through Vesseltracker, Cargill was consignee of at least 10 shipments of biodiesel imported to the U.S. from Argentina in 2016. 



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