Black & Veatch Completes World’s First Commercial-Scale Alternative Pet Food Facility

BEIJING–(BUSINESS WIRE)–With protein demand from the rapidly growing global population expected to increase, commissioning is underway for the world’s first industrial-scale FeedKind® facility in Chongqing, China.

The facility, designed and built ahead of schedule by a consortium of Black & Veatch and Shanghai LBT Engineering & Technology Co. Ltd., will produce 20,000 tons of low-carbon animal feed per year.

The facility was developed by Calysseo Chongqing Co Ltd., a joint venture between global animal nutrition leader Adisseo and protein innovator Calysta.

FeedKind® is an alternative feed ingredient for aquaculture and the animal feed industry produced by natural fermentation that uses no arable land, animal or vegetable ingredients, and uses very little water in its production. The global aquaculture market was estimated at $9 billion in 2020 and is expected to reach a size of over $240 billion by 2027.

“Without innovating and producing alternative proteins, the ever-growing global population and appetite for high-protein diets will place unsustainable pressure on our existing food chains,” says Graham Aylen, Project Director, Calysseo. “Having Black & Veatch in our corner has allowed us to deliver this new technology at commercial scale confidently, securely and on time, helping us achieve an important milestone in humanity’s race to create the more sustainable and safer food supply of tomorrow.”

The consortium executed the entire engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) scope of the facility located in the Changshou Economic and Technological Development Zone (CETDA), Chongqing Province, China.

As consortium leader, Black & Veatch provided project management, process design and global sourcing expertise. The company provided overall project management and procurement for tagged equipment, instrumentation and control systems. The project was delivered ahead of schedule and logged over 1.3 million hours with no reportable accidents or incidents.

“This inspiring project was only realized by bringing together the expertise in biotechnology, gas processing and sustainable engineering from across our global organization, combined with an innovative and collaborative client, supported by a great local team and partner. This one-of-a-kind facility was delivered safely, on time and in the midst of the global pandemic, adding to an already impressive result,” said Narsingh Chaudhary, Executive Vice President and General Manager, Asia Pacific, Black & Veatch.

Shanghai LBT Engineering and Technology Co. Ltd provided local engineering design, permitting and construction expertise.

Calisseo now plans to move into the next phase of development to produce an additional 80,000 tonnes of FeedKind® per year.

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