Phyto Organix to build $225m plant protein processing facility in Alberta, Canada

WCN Editorial Team 25 May 2022 NORTH AMERICA BUILDINGS

Calgary-based Phyto Organix has executed a letter of intent to acquire 15 acres of land in Strathmore, town of Alberta in Canada, from the Western Irrigation District to build a $225m net zero emission plant protein processing facility.

Besides being the largest-ever capital investment in Strathmore, the facility will serve as a base for Phyto Organix to expand its plant protein business.

The facility will become operational in 2024.

The firm will deploy its proprietary wet fractionation technology at the facility, which will have a capacity to annually process 40,000 metric tonnes of yellow peas, grown in close proximity to the facility, into soluble and insoluble protein isolates, processed fibre and starch, and dietary pea hull fibre.

Phyto Organix, founder, president and CEO Chris Theal said: "Our $225 million investment will generate over $120 million of annual GDP, employ 80 Albertans and yield tangible economic diversification in the Town of Strathmore and the Province of Alberta.

“Our team has designed a net zero facility to produce food products that embody our core values of health, wellness and sustainability. We are energized to lead the plant protein industry in Alberta."

Phyto Organix will secure $1m over two years from the federal and provincial governments through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, to support engineering costs and equipment acquisition.

Besides employing integrated processing technology from Denmark-based SiccaDania, Phyto Organix has engaged Bird Construction and GHD Engineering to lead the design and construction of the 10,000ft2 facility and 3D connectivity to the processing equipment.

It will feature water recycle/reuse technology, enabling the facility to recycle 75% of its process water.

The facility will also feature heat integration technology, thereby reducing overall energy consumption and emissions.

Furthermore, the facility will be powered by low emission energy sources.

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Image: The facility will become operational in 2024.. Credit: marcinjozwiak from Pixabay.

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