U.S. Greenline Industries, Romanian Ulerom Open Biodiesel Plant in Romania
BUCHAREST (Romania), July 31 (SeeNews) – The U.S.-based constructor of biodiesel production facilities Greenline Industries and Romanian food company Ulerom on Tuesday opened a biodiesel plant in Romania.
The plant, located in the county of Vaslui in northwestern Romania, has an annual capacity of 7.0 million gallons of biofuel per year, the two companies said in a joint statement.
"The plant is the first biodiesel production facility to operate in Eastern Europe," the statement said.
Ulerom, which produces oils based on soy and sunflower, is part of Romanian Racova Group. The group consists of 11 companies that operate in agriculture, food industry, trade, tourism and services sectors.
“The facility was designed in the United States, built in Germany and Romania, and installed by a team from both the U.S. and Romania," Adrian Porumboiu, Racova Group’ s owner, said in the statement.
Greenline and Ulerom officials were not immediately available to provide more details.
Biodiesel is an alternative diesel fuel that is produced from animal fats or vegetable oils, which can be used without engine modifications in any diesel power plant.
The European Union targets a minimum share of 5.75% of biofuels in total fuel consumption by 2010 in order to cut dependence on crude oil, whose prices have been surging, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.