Calysta and Adisseo to Build New Food Protein Plant in Saudi Arabia

Calysseo, a joint venture between US company Calysta and animal nutrition player Adisseo, said the next site for its alternative protein factory would be Al Jubail in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA). The plant would be developed in partnership with Food Caravan, a business development and project company, active in different areas of protein and animal feed.

The alliance aims to build a 100,000 tonne capacity fermenter – the companies expect the facility to become operational by the end of 2026, pending approvals and other elements.

Saudi Arabia’s energy ministry has given the go-ahead for gas supply to the project, while the Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu has designated a site for construction, which also has support from the Saudi ministry. of Investment and its National Center for Industrial Development.

Today’s announcement follows the success of Calisseo to light uplast month of its first protein production plant, a 20,000-ton fermenter in China. This site is intended to produce an SCP product, under the FeedKind brand, for the Chinese aquaculture market.

FeedKind, the partners explained, is generated during the fermentation of methanotrophic and scavenger microorganisms with methane, ammonia and mineral salts. Methane is pumped through a fermenter and microorganisms metabolize the gas to generate protein-rich biomass, which is dried and pelleted before use.

Commenting on the move to Saudi Arabia, Alan Shaw, CEO and co-founder of Calysta, said:This would be our second industrial-scale facility and an important step in providing enough sustainable protein to meet growing and pressing global demand. Our patented fermentation technology has been proven to produce a high quality protein ingredient and with the efficiency of using a natural bacterial process, we are ready to scale quickly and meet this demand.

Saleh Al-Shabnan, CEO of Food Caravan, said: “From a national point of view, this project is fully in line with the Saudi vision 2030. It also complements the Kingdom’s initiatives to ensure food security, reduce global emissions, create jobs for Saudi nationals and bring technologies of points to the Kingdom. Not to mention that it is a disruptive solution for the food supply chain globally. »

Calysta’s protein platform is approved for use in animal feed and pet food in multiple markets around the world.

Qatar factory

Last month we reported that Gulf Biotech, the license partner of another SCP producer, Denmark-based Unibio, had reached the final stages before the construction of its new protein factory project in Qatar, the first of its kind in this market. The facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2024, at the earliest.

The plant will use Unibio’s U-Loop technology, where methane is converted by continuous fermentation to produce Uniprotein. The SCP produced in the plant will be used as a protein supplement in fish feed.

Unibio seeks to deploy its technology on a global scale.

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