Lurgi to implement one of world's largest biodiesel plants

By | February 01, 2006
Biodiesel production is growing worldwide. In fact, one U.S. company recently announced that its parent company will be developing one of the world's largest biodiesel plants in Germany. Lurgi PSI Inc., a National Biodiesel Board member in Memphis, Tenn., is part of Lurgi AG, which will build this facility.

Frankfurt, Germany-based Lurgi is building the Piesteritz biodiesel plant and has also been working with nine other such biodiesel projects since July. The company has said its German production will be between 70 percent and 80 percent of that country's biodiesel needs.

The new plant will use rapeseed to produce more than 200,000 tons of biodiesel per year (approximately 60 MMgy), according to Lurgi's Web site. The facility is due to come on line in December.

The plant will be the first in Germany to provide an end-to-end production process, starting with the introduction of the seed. The biodiesel producer is Neckermann-Renewables GmbH, a firm based in Würzburg, Germany. In Europe, Neckermann runs biodiesel plants with a total capacity of approximately 350,000 tons, which makes it one of the continent's largest biodiesel producers.

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