December 1, 2022
DSM starts construction of production facility for methane-reducing feed additive in Scotland, UK
Royal DSM has started on November 30 the construction of a new manufacturing facility at its site in Dalry, Scotland, the United Kingdom.
The plant will significantly increase global production of Bovaer®, DSM's methane-reducing feed additive for cattle. In an official groundbreaking ceremony attended by the First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon and Dimitri de Vreeze, co-chief executive officer of DSM, the company marked the next step in its plan to use Bovaer® to reduce global methane emissions and contribute to worldwide methane reduction targets.
DSM announced that planning had started during the UN Climate Change Conference last year in Glasgow. Construction officially began on a facility that will help DSM scale-up production of Bovaer® in the coming years and marks another milestone in the company's ambition to bring the product to the market worldwide. The development of the Dalry site has been supported by the Scottish government through Scottish Enterprise, the national agency supporting economic development and innovation.
Bovaer® is a feed additive that can achieve an average enteric methane reduction of 30% in dairy cows and 45% in beef cattle (with some tests showing reductions of up to 90%). DSM has initial product volumes available for near term market development.
The product is in an early commercialisation phase in many countries around the world, including the EU/EEA, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Chile, Pakistan, Switzerland, Turkey and Uruguay. Since the start of the development of Bovaer®, an estimate of 15,000 tonnes of CO2e has been saved, and reductions will accelerate further once the Dalry plant is fully operational, which is expected to happen by 2025.
First Minister of Scotland Sturgeon said: "Just one year on from the announcement at COP26, I am very pleased to see the progress being made on site and the fact that spades are now in the ground.
"We are here (on November 30) to celebrate a world-leading project and multi-million pound investment which will make Scotland the home of this innovative product, underlining that Scotland continues to lead the way in delivering a net zero future."
De Vreeze said: "After many years of hard work and dedication, it's a wonderful feeling to attend the groundbreaking ceremony for such a large-scale production facility. This is a historic moment for DSM: we are continuing to deliver on our 2030 methane pledge, one of our food systems commitments. I wish the construction team every success as they develop this plant in the coming years."
Scottish Enterprise's chief executive, Adrian Gillespie, said: "Today's groundbreaking ceremony is a significant milestone and the next step in delivering such an innovative project for Ayrshire and Scotland.
"Royal DSM's Project Bovaer® has the potential to be a game-changer for emissions reductions from cattle. Scottish Enterprise has developed a close relationship with Royal DSM over many years and we were delighted to work with the company to secure Dalry as the home for this global manufacturing opportunity."