Mr. Shiva Vig, the founder-CEO of BioD Technologies FZE, announced the commissioning of MENA’s largest biodiesel refinery in the Jebel Ali free zone. The commissioning was done as a part of ‘Operation 300 Billion. Make it in the UAE’.
The program, launched earlier this year by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, is a 10-year comprehensive strategy aiming to empower and expand the industrial sector of the country with the goal of increasing the sector’s contribution to the UAE’s GDP to AED300 billion from the existing AED133 billion by 2031.
The biodiesel refinery will have a capacity of 30,000 Mt per annum. This is BioD’s second plant, the first operation being in Northern India in early 2019. Their directives and operations align with the Dubai Integrated Energy Strategy 2030, which intends to focus on improved energy generation and consumption practices.
The refinery plant is based on the ‘waste to energy’ concept. The raw materials (feedstock) used for the plant are non-human consumption residues such as Used Cooking Oil (UCO), Animal Tallow (slaughterhouse waste products), Palm Oil Mill Effluent Waste (POME), and Acid Oils like Grease Tap collection. BioD sources these raw materials as close to the plant as possible to reduce the carbon footprint caused in logistics. The technology used is of 2nd generation bio-refining in which FAME Biodiesel, which is biodiesel derived from renewable sources, is produced based on waste and residues and not just Vegetable oils.
Certified by ISCC (International Sustainability and Carbon Certification) and audited by SGS to meet RED (Renewable Energy Directive) of the European Union, the quality standards employed by BioD Technologies ensure that the biodiesel produced meets the global carbon reduction requirements.