28 Jun 2022 Updates

BDI opens largest waste-based biodiesel plant in Belgium

Styrian tech company contributes to minimizing carbon footprint: BDI opens largest waste-based biodiesel plant in Belgium

Following the successful commissioning of the BDI biodiesel plants in Hungary and the USA, the third RepCAT plant was opened this year in Ghent, Belgium, on June 15, 2022.

In 2020, the global company Cargill engaged the Styrian plant manufacturer BDI to build a biodiesel plant of the newest generation in Ghent. Cargill is one of the world’s leading food, feed and renewable resources trading companies with annual sales of nearly $135 billion. Currently the company employs > 155,000 people in 70 countries.

The tailor-made plant in Belgium is the largest to produce sustainable biodiesel using BDI’s patented RepCAT process technology and enables maximum economic operation. More than 115,000 tons of biodiesel can be produced from residual and waste materials, which means that more than 155,000 vehicles may be operated carbon-neutrally every year.

Key data regarding the project in Ghent:

  • largest assignment in the history of BDI-BioEnergy International
  • production of 115,000 tons of biodiesel per year
  • carbon-neutral operation of more than 155,000 vehicles

A revolutionary technology from Grambach/Styria: BDI RepCAT

By offering responsible customer-focused solutions, BDI-BioEnergy International – a company from the Green Tech Valley – further expands its technological market leadership. The patented RepCAT (Repeatable Catalyst) technology ensures maximum feedstock flexibility as well as a highly efficient biodiesel production. Therefore, Cargill can make an important contribution to decarbonizing the European transport sector.

Markus Dielacher, CEO of BDI-BioEnergy International: “Since day one of its existence, BDI has been committed the research and development of eco-friendly technologies. Our involvement in this project represents the largest quantity of orders in the corporate history – the produced top-quality biodiesel is an essential contribution to a sustainable circular economy.”


Image 1: The waste-based biodiesel plant in Ghent. © Cargill


Passing the baton within the BDI Group:

The positive deal of BDI’s largest order coincided with the transfer of business to the new executive office of BDI Holding. Kurt Ternegg, who has already been CEO of BDI-BioLife Science since 2020, now takes managerial responsibility of BDI Holding (subsidiaries: BDI-BioEnergy International, BDI-BioLife Science) as the new CEO.

Kurt Ternegg, CEO of BDI Holding: “Financial independence, strong partnerships and highly motivated employees are essential components of our DNA. In addition, we have a unique capability, namely that if technologies and methods for upgrading waste streams are not yet available, we have the competence and strength to develop them!“

Image 2: Company co-founder Helmut Gössler (left) hands over management responsibility for BDI Holding (subsidiaries: BDI-BioEnergy International, BDI-BioLife Science) to Kurt Ternegg (right). © BDI


About BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH

BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH is the market leader in the construction of biodiesel plants. The patented BDI Multi-Feedstock process enables maximum waste material flexibility and guarantees highly efficient economic production. The company thus makes a valuable contribution to minimizing the ecological footprint on the part of each individual customer. The range of services extends from contract research and process development to engineering and scale-up services and customer service. Currently, BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH has around 100 employees.


Contact for further information:

Andreas Pickl, Public Relations
BDI-BioEnergy International GmbH