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JJ-Lurgi Debuts its Twin-Track Sliding Cell Extractor in its Largest Extraction Plant Project

The completed oilseed crushing and solvent extraction plant marks the debut of the first of its kind Twin-Track extractor that grants improved energy efficiency and maximises oil extraction

JJ-Lurgi, the life sciences joint venture of diversified industrial conglomerate, Jebsen & Jessen Group, has successfully commissioned its largest oilseed crushing and solvent extraction plant for Sinograin Oils & Fats Co. Ltd. Continuing its efforts to meet the growing demand and market needs for oilseed extraction and refining technology, the latest project adds to its portfolio of more than 300 completed process plants across South East Asia and China.

JJ-Lurgi, Jebsen & Jessen Group’s joint venture with Air Liquide, is a full-fledged engineering practice and leading innovator in the field of oils & fats, oleochemicals, and biodiesel. Sinograin Oils & Fats Co. Ltd, based in China, manufactures and distributes agricultural products.

Palm kernel oil is the one of the most popular edible oils today, with its consumption amounting to 8.56 million metric tons in 2019/2020 worldwide. A versatile oil, it is used for both edible and non-edible purposes, and is popularly used for commercial cooking due to its stability at high cooking temperatures, low cost, and long shelf life. With a large demand for the commodity, optimising oil extraction for palm kernel and improving energy efficiency is crucial for manufacturers to gain a competitive advantage.

The team at JJ-Lurgi was able to complete the project for Sinograin Oils & Fats Co. Ltd. in just under a month despite the COVID-19 pandemic, overcoming challenges and restrictions that arose. The project is JJ-Lurgi’s largest oilseed crushing and solvent extraction plant to-date, designed to process soybean and rapeseeds with the Twin-Track Sliding Cell (SC) Extractor. This included a successful test run with all contractual agreements and expectations met; the plant has since produced more than 100,000 tonnes of soybean and achieved target utilities consumption figures.

“Throughout the pandemic, we took steps to ensure business continuity while safeguarding the health of our employees. Our vast local network in China and South East Asia has allowed us to adapt and respond to the rapidly changing situation quickly. We were able to tap on our local team to complete the project according to schedule and also ensure that all requirements and targets were well met,” said Jakob Helms, Managing Director of JJ-Lurgi.

The Twin-Track Sliding Cell (SC) Extractor, the first of its kind available globally, is multi-seed capable - allowing it to process different seeds such as palm kernel, soybean, rapeseed, and sunflower seeds. It is capable of capacities above 5000 tonnes per day, maximises oil extraction, and grants improved energy efficiency; with a unique mild vacuum technology that lowers the hexane content in wet meals and reduces the live steam consumption at the DTDC (desolventising, toasting, drying, and cooling) stage. This new technology, debuted in Sinograin’s extraction plant, has achieved a 20% and 30% reduction in the consumption of steam and hexane respectively, as compared to plants of similar scope.

“With over 20 years of experience in the industry, we have built deep technological and engineering expertise that has led to cutting-edge innovations. The Twin-Track SC Extractor is a result of years of improvements and innovations to our SC Extractor. As a key technology provider for the palm oil industry in South East Asia and China, we look forward to working with our customers to identify and advance breakthroughs through the latest technology, such as our Twin-Track SC Extractor. We are proud of our recent work with Sinograin, and our success adds to the accolades we’ve received in our work with our customers,” added Jakob Helms, Managing Director of JJ-Lurgi.

The Twin-Track SC Extractor is the third-generation model of JJ-Lurgi’s SC Extractor, first conceived in the early 1940s, and is also available as a Single-Track SC Extractor.

About JJ-Lurgi

JJ-Lurgi Engineering is a joint venture between Jebsen & Jessen Group and Air Liquide. Our engineering roots are in Germany; in Asia we contract ourselves locally and have established in-house a new generation of expertise attuned to our clients’ particular needs. With more than 20 years of experience, we produce highly customisable products that fit our clients’ needs, reducing waste and cost. Our technologies include: Edible Oil Extraction, Oil Refining, Fats Modification, Oleochemicals and Methylester (Biodiesel).

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About Jebsen & Jessen Group

We are an ASEAN focused industrial conglomerate. Our business spans manufacturing, engineering, and distribution activities.

We have five core business units: Cable Technology, Ingredients, Life Sciences, Packaging and Technology. Through our network of companies spanning 31 locations, including 10 manufacturing facilities in Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, our 3,000 people work as one to develop meaningful products and services for the 20,000 customers we serve.

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