Alfa Laval wins $10m starch processing order in Russia

By Jenny Eagle contact

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Alfa Laval, starch processing Evonik, Biolys, Russia
Alfa Laval has won a $10m order to supply equipment to Donbiotech starch processing plant in Russia, with delivery expected in 2015.

Donbiotech is a joint venture between the Varshavsky group and the German industrial group Evonik in Volgodonsk in the Southern Russian Rostov Region. The plant will process locally grown wheat called Biolys.

Animal feed additives

Lars Renström, president/CEO, Alfa Laval Group told FoodProductionDaily the order was booked in the Food & Life Science segment of Alfa Laval.

This order proves our strong position within starch processing​,” he said.

Alfa Laval will install equipment, including separators, decanters, heat exchangers, evaporators and fluid handling products, which will form a complete process line for extracting starch and gluten from wheat, for further downstream production of animal feed additives​.”

The joint venture of Donbiotech was announced in July, this year, and will use Evonik fermentation technology for L-lysine which is an upstream process in the production of glucose from wheat, which is used as fermentation substrate.

Vogelbusch wins engineering deal

Based on engineering provided by Vogelbusch, ‘phase P’ of the approval procedure was completed last year.

Vogelbusch was awarded the design and supply of the process plant for the conversion of starch milk to glucose and is responsible for the system integration of the complete grain processing plant.

Renström added amino acids such as L-lysine are essential in animal nutrition and the product is intended for the rising demand in the Russian market.

Evonik Industries is moving forward with its plans to produce Biolys, a source of L-lysine for animal nutrition​,” he added.

The Evonik Executive Board has approved the realization of the project, based in Volgodonsk in Russia’s Rostov region​.

The facility has a capacity of around 100,000metric tons of Biolys. Evonik, which is holding a minority share, and the Russian Varshavsky Group are the operative partners in the joint venture​.”

Patrik Wohlhauser, executive board member, Consumer, Health & Nutrition, Evonik Industries, said Russia will become an important market for the company given the demand there for amino acids used in animal feed.

The special biotech-based L-lysine, which Evonik markets under the name of Biolys, is benefiting from growth in worldwide meat consumption​,” he added.

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