Decatur, Illinois – A U.S.-based company will build a 265-million-litre biodiesel plant in Lloydminster, Alberta. Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) said the new plant will increase its North American biodiesel production capacity by 50 per cent.
The plant will be located adjacent to ADM’s existing canola crushing facility and will help optimize its agricultural origination, transportation and processing assets in Canada.
“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, vice-president of global oleo chemicals. “This new biodiesel facility will help support canola crush margins and capacity utilization at this facility.”
Biodiesel produced at the facility will also help fulfill Canada’s renewable diesel mandate. Since July 1, 2011, all diesel fuel and heating oil sold in Canada must contain at least 2 per cent biodiesel.
Construction will begin in the spring of 2012 and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2013. ADM also operates an oilseed processing facility in Windsor, Ontario, which crushes soybeans and canola for use in food ingredients and animal feeds. The Lloydminster crushing facility exports much of its canola oil to Asia for food applications, and to Europe as a biodiesel feedstock.