Solazyme Bunge renewable oils plant begins commercial production

By Solazyme Inc. | May 29, 2014

Solazyme, Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, announced May 29 that its joint venture with Bunge Global Innovation LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Ltd., has successfully produced its first commercially saleable products on full-scale production lines, including the 625,000 liter fermentation tanks, at the Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils plant in Brazil.  Both oil and encapsulated lubricant, Encapso, products have been manufactured; production is continuing and is expected to reach nameplate capacity within the next 12-18 months.

“With production underway at the Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils plant, Solazyme is manufacturing products at three large scale facilities, including our 2,000 MT/year integrated facility in Peoria, the 20,000 MT/year Iowa facilities in Clinton/Galva and the 100,000 MT/year facility in Brazil,” said Jonathan Wolfson, CEO of Solazyme. “Continued progress at the recently completed adjoining co-gen facility has resulted in more reliable power and steam, enabling startup of commercial operations and production of our first commercially saleable product. We are truly excited to have begun manufacturing operations at our joint venture’s flagship facility in Brazil.”

"The start of production at the Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils plant is an important milestone for this joint venture.  We’re proud of the work we have done with our partner Solazyme in bringing the world's first built-for-purpose renewable oil plant on line.  We remain committed to the success of the joint venture and see significant market opportunities that we can address together," said Ben Pearcy, managing director of sugar and bioenergy at Bunge.