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Lurgi AG (Frankfurt, Germany; edlinks.chemengonline.com/5825-549) is building the world’s largest biodiesel plant for Neckermann-Renewables GmbH (Würzburg, Germany). When the E64-million facility starts up in December at Piesteritz, Germany, it will produce more than 200,000 m.t./yr of biodiesel from rapeseed. The project is also the first, in Germany, to provide a complete production process — from the introduction of the seed and its processing, to the pressing and extraction stages, and to the processing of the crude oil and production of biodiesel. Since July 2005, Lurgi has secured nine biodiesel contracts, for a total output of 1 million m.t./yr. When the latest plant starts up, about 60–70% of the global biodiesel output will be produced using Lurgi technology, boast the firm. The increasing demand for biodiesel is due, in part, to the EU plans to increase the proportion of biofuels to 5.75% by 2010.   Click here for a full pdf version of the Chementator Section      
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