Veramaris’ algal oil facility construction schedule in Nebraska
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Veramaris' algal oil facility construction on schedule in Nebraska

7:03 AM, 6th July 2018
Veramaris’ algal oil facility construction on schedule in Nebraska
Veramaris, the joint venture of DSM and Evonik, held a topping-out ceremony on site in Blair, Nebraska.

DELFT, NETHERLANDS: Veramaris, the DSM and Evonik joint venture that will revolutionize aquaculture with its sustainable omega-3 oil from natural marine algae, has celebrated a major milestone in the construction of its new production site in Blair, Nebraska. In the presence of Nebraska Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, the management of Veramaris and the two parent companies Royal DSM and Evonik, a topping-out ceremony was held on 4 June in Blair, Nebraska.

The construction of the $200 million facility is progressing on-time, according to plan. Commercial quantities of algal oil will be ready for delivery in mid-2019. Pilot scale quantities are already being supplied to select feed producers and farmers for market development.

“Our algal oil is the response to the industry’s call for a sustainable source of the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA. The known provenance of all the raw materials used in our process makes the product fully traceable,” Veramaris CEO Karim Kurmaly said.

The initial annual production capacity of the Nebraska plant will meet roughly 15 percent of the total current annual demand for EPA and DHA by the global salmon aquaculture industry. The production site will be entirely waste-free. Veramaris’ highly concentrated algal oil will, for the first time, enable the animal nutrition industry to keep up with the increasing demand for these two essential omega-3 fatty acids without any reliance on fish oil obtained from wild fish stocks. Until recently, the omega-3 fatty acids EPA and DHA added to animal feed have been almost exclusively from marine sources.

To drive a positive change in feed production and food consumption, Veramaris is extensively working with all stakeholders along the value chain, including feed producers, farmers, retailers and NGOs. Pioneering collaborations have enabled key players in aquaculture to raise Atlantic salmon on diets totally free from marine ingredients, using Veramaris’ algal oil as a complete replacement for fish oil.

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