CEPSA BIOENERGIA RESUMES BIODIESEL PRODUCTION IN SPAINThursday, October 5, 2017
Spanish energy company Cepsa Bioenergia has resumed production at the former Abengoa biodiesel plant in San Roque, Spain, after 18 months without activity. After purchasing the plant last February for US$9.5 million, Cepsa had been working on the upgrading the plant to bring it back up to production capacity. In June, the facility with a capacity of 200,000 tons of fatty acid methyl esters (FAME) and 25,000 tons of glycerine-received its first vegetable oil delivery since its original closure by Abengoa.
Restarting production had proceeded on time, as Cepsa estimated back in March that it would have the plant up and running still during 2017. The San Roque plant was originally established by Spanish biofuels giant Abengoa, but production was stopped in 2015 due to the company’s financial issues and eventual bankruptcy. The plant was among the last European biofuel assets Abengoa was forced to sell as part of its bankruptcy settlement.