The expansion doubled the existing production lines in seed preparation.
CHORNOMORSK, UKRAINE—Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) announced on Nov. 28 that it has reopened its oilseed processing facility in Chornomorsk, Ukraine, after completing a major expansion project that almost doubles the plant’s sunflower seed processing capacity and adds switch capacity that allows the plant to crush rapeseed.

“We are excited to reopen our improved and enhanced oilseed processing plant at Chornomorsk,” said Anton Povkhan, ADM general manager of E.U. softseed crush. “This expansion enables us to continue to efficiently grow our operations in Eastern Europe and meet the needs of our food and feed customers in the region. In addition, by adding switch capacity to the facility, we now have more flexibility to quickly and effectively respond to shifts in the marketplace.”

The expansions and enhancements include:

• Doubling the existing production lines in seed preparation;

• Replacing the extraction plant; and

• Installing an additional biomass boiler.

“Not only will these changes allow us to better serve our customers, but we’ll also be able to do so more efficiently,” Povkhan said. “Our new equipment, combined with the added switch capabilities, give us low-cost, competitive capacity to meet strong demand.”

ADM has a presence in Ukraine, with more than 900 employees and a nationwide network that includes seven regional offices, six inland grain elevators, and a grain terminal at the port of Odessa, as well as the crush facility in Chornomorsk.

This is the latest in the series of one of ADM’s expansion projects. In June, ADM launched a new soybean crushing capacity at its oilseeds plant in Straubing, Germany. Straubing’s new capability allows the site to crush soybeans sourced from the Danube region in order to market European non-GMO soymeal and oil to customers in Western Europe.

In June, ADM announced the opening of its new feed facility in Glencoe, Minnesota, U.S., with an annual capacity of 100,000 tonnes.

The company also announced that it is investing to expand and modernize its pet food and specialty livestock feed operations in Effingham, Illinois, U.S. The Effingham facility is expected to be fully operational in late 2017 or early 2018.

In November, ADM announced plans to build a new, modern feed facility to replace its current operations in Quincy, Illinois, U.S. The new facility will include expanded warehouse space, enhanced capability to serve increased demand for the company’s products, a dedicated feed line for non-medicated product, automated packaging and process controls, and pressed tubs for multiple species. It is expected to be completed in mid-2018.