Sep 21 (Renewables Now) - US agricultural giant Cargill announced today that it will build a USD-90-million (EUR 75m) biodiesel production facility in Wichita, Kansas.
The company is preparing to launch construction of the plant in December 2017, with plans to have it completed in January 2019. The new facility, with an annual production capacity of 60 million gallons (227.1 million litres), will span over 42,000 square foot (3,902 sq m) of land next to an oilseed processing plant owned by Cargill. It will replace an existing oil refinery managed by the company’s Global Edible Oil business.
Cargill already produces biodiesel at existing plants in Iowa Falls, Iowa, and Kansas City, Missouri, and the addition of the Wichita facility will beef up its operations in the Midwest. The company, which manages the entire supply chain, produces biofuels from a variety of renewable resources such as corn, soybeans, sugarcane and palm oil.
The firm expects to employ 35 people at the new site.
(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.837)