Norwegian krill harvesting and biotechnology company Aker BioMarine has commissioned GEA to design and deliver the world’s first pilot plant for hydrolysing krill protein.
Aker BioMarine fishes for Antarctic krill — tiny shrimp-like crustaceans — and uses them to develop ingredients for functional foods, aquaculture and animal feed.
Aker BioMarine is the only krill supplier that controls the entire supply chain from krill harvesting in Antarctic waters to a logistics centre in Montevideo to a krill oil production facility in Houston, USA.
Slated to come online in late 2022, the new pilot plant will produce a highly concentrated protein isolate destined for food and beverages.
The partners signed the engineering, procurement and construction contract valued in the double-digit million euro range in July 2021.
“With GEA’s expertise in engineering plants for food ingredients, we look forward to starting operations in a highly innovative facility that will also house our research and innovation centre,” said Kees van de Watering, Vice President Process Engineering Aker BioMarine.