A new joint venture investment makes the construction of a greenfield project for a state-of-the-art shrimp feed facility reality. The new facility is located near the city of Guayaquil and has capacity to annually produce around 130,000 tons of high quality shrimp feed for supplying the local market.
A GRAINTEC project team in cooperation with a Cargill project team have worked out the complete technical design of the factory. Both staff from GRAINTEC’s headquarters in Denmark and from the office in Chile have been part of this project.
The joint venture between Cargill and Naturisa creates new opportunities and makes the aquaculture industry in Ecuador increasingly dynamic. The state-of-the-art facility incorporates newest technology and sets high quality standards.
“The challenge with shrimp food is the right density of the food in order to ensure that the feed keeps its quality when floating”, says Cristian Toscano, Graintec´s Area Sales Manager for Latin America. “The production process requires the right pelletizers and extruding technology in order to receive the best feed conversion rate.” In addition to having the industry’s most modern technology, the Ecuadorian facility will be earthquake secured and constructed with the highest local safety requirements.
We expect commercial production of the new facility to start before summer 2018.