Brunei-Japan joint venture algae factory to meet demand for alternative protein market

[Brunei, Japan] Leveraging on Brunei’s strategic location and sunshine, a new micro-algal manufacturing factory is slated to be operational by the second quarter of next year, promising to build the sultanate’s capacity in the biotech industry.

The Japanese joint venture company, Tavelmout Biofarm (B) Sdn Bhd, will be setting up a factory to cultivate and export 900 tonnes annually of raw frozen Spirulina — a blue-green microalgae dense in nutrients — to the Asia Pacific market.

“Brunei is the ideal place for us to set up our facility, because geographically it is at the centre of our target markets, and the amount of sunlight the country receives is optimal for micro-algae growth,” a researcher from the Chitose Group’s laboratory told The Scoop.

According to Ryo Iko, the factory will be built on a one-hectare piece of land at the Bio Innovation Corridor in Kg Tungku and is scheduled to start production by September 2019.

By establishing a site in the sultanate, the biotech company hopes to strengthen production to meet the rising demand for alternative proteins. Currently, its only other production site is in Shizuoka, Japan.

However, the seasonal weather in Japan, Iko noted, can slow down production.


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