In addition to Alco Bio Fuel, Cargill also produces biofuel under the name Bioro. VK took care of the environmental aspects, structural engineering and infrastructure of this first biodiesel plant in the port of Ghent. Unique is the total integration on the site, from raw material to end product, of 75 million litres of biodiesel per year.
Particularly unique is the total on-site integration of base materials into refined end product, without in-between transportation.
BIORO nv was formed with the aim of producing and commercialising biodiesel in Belgium. BIORO built the first Belgian biodiesel factory for this, in the harbour of Ghent. In relation to this, an investment was made of 30 million euros. VK was responsible for the environmentally friendly aspects and the infrastructure of the unit.
Biodiesel is a biofuel made from renewable agricultural raw materials and is usable in ordinary diesel vehicles. BIORO will process coleseed and coleseed oil to make biodiesel, coleseed flour and glycerine. The total production capacity amounts to 75 million litres per year in the first phase. The production will increase in future to 150 million litres of biodiesel per year. This is sufficient to satisfy the Belgian demand for green fuel within the short-term.
Bioro is one of the first biodiesel refineries in Belgium. The company was founded in 2005 and started producing biodiesel at the end of 2007. Particularly unique is the total on-site integration of base materials into refined end product, without in-between transportation. Moreover, this integration led to other opportunities within other domains, such as further processing of glycerine. Bioro is a pioneer of the bio-based economy. Belgian universities and researchers, innovative companies and politicians, all play a role in an evolutionary process that will give Bioro a spot on the world map of bio-based economy.
This project took place within the framework of sustainable business, did not produce wastewater and obtained its energy from CHP.
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