The agreement intends to expand capacity at Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils from 100,000 metric tons in Brazil to 300,000 metric tons by 2016.
Solazyme Inc., a renewable oil and bioproducts company, has entered into a joint venture expansion framework agreement with Bunge Global Innovation LLC , a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bunge Limited , a leading global agribusiness and food company.
The agreement sets forth the intent of the partners to expand joint venture-owned oil production capacity at Solazyme Bunge Renewable Oils from the current 100,000 metric tons under construction in Brazil to 300,000 metric tons by 2016 at select Bunge owned and operated processing facilities worldwide.
Also, the companies intend to expand the portfolio of oils to be produced out of their joint venture facility in Brazil. The expanded field and portfolio of oils would include certain tailored food oils for sale in Brazil, where Bunge is the largest supplier of edible oils through several of its retail brands. The parties intend to work together through joint market development to bring new healthy and nutritious edible oils to the Brazilian market.
The parties anticipate negotiation of definitive agreements in the coming months.