ADM eyes Alberta, Canada, for new 70 MMgy canola biodiesel plant

By Bryan Sims | November 15, 2011

Decatur, Ill.-based global agribusiness firm Archer Daniels Midland Co. has proposed to build a 265 MMly (70 MMgy) biodiesel production plant in Lloydminster, Alberta, Canada, a project that would boost ADM’s North American installed biodiesel production capacity by 50 percent, according to the company.

The biodiesel plant will be located adjacent to the company’s existing canola crushing facility in Lloydminster, which will help optimize ADM’s agricultural origination, transportation and processing assets in Canada. Construction on the facility is expected to begin in spring 2012 with an anticipated completion date by the fourth quarter 2013.

“The same agricultural processing operations we use to transform canola into oil for food and meal for animal feed also provide ADM with the ability and scale to efficiently produce cleaner-burning renewable biodiesel,” said Mike Livergood, ADM’s vice president of global oleochemicals. “This new biodiesel facility will help support canola crush margins and capacity utilization at this facility.”

According to ADM, the new plant will help fulfill Canada’s national B2 mandate, which went into effect in July. Alberta had previously implemented a provincial B2 mandate in 2008.

“Biodiesel represents a smart investment for ADM and for Canada,” said J.P. Montalvo, commercial manager at ADM’s Lloydminster facility. “A robust Canadian biodiesel industry diversifies the fuel supply, provides environmental benefits and fosters increased local demand for canola, which creates value for rural communities. We look forward to working with canola producers to help meet Canada’s desire for renewable biodiesel.”

In March, ADM announced plans to double its canola seed receiving capabilities and storage capacity at the Lloydminster crush facility. The project, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year, includes the construction of five new storage bins and a second receiving system, which is expected to significantly reduce unloading times for area farmers. ADM owns and operates another oilseed processing facility in Windsor, Ontario. 


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