More to it in Belarus

BDI lands plant contract in eastern Europe
By Luke Geiver | January 12, 2011

The U.S. biodiesel industry may be dominating the headlines due to a reinstated tax incentive, but other countries are also producing positive news, proving there is more to biodiesel’s success than any one tax credit. A Belarus-based chemical products manufacturer has commissioned BDI-Bioenergy AG to build a 15 MMgy biodiesel facility. The government has guaranteed land for growing rapeseed, the initial feedstock to be used at the plant, and BDI will provide all the engineering services and specific technical equipment, all while coordinating the start-up of the plant. The plant will use an enzymatic degumming process in a way that, according to BDI, is “environmentally sound” and “extremely economic.”

While the future facility near Russia’s eastern border shows that one particular thermoplastic and polyester production company is in favor of sustainable energy production—and is willing to prove it—there might be more to it. “The commission from Belarus is highly significant,” says Wilhelm Hammer, CEO of BDI. “The development of alternative energies from renewable sources is a global trend that cannot be stopped.”

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