CAIRO, EGYPT — Cargill said on Sept. 2 that it is investing $100 million to double the capacity of its soybean oil crush operation in Borg El Arab, Egypt, to meet the increasing demand in Egypt for soybean meal and vegetable oil. The company will also construct an additional 42,000 tonnes of storage capacity within Cargill’s existing premises at the port of Dekheila in Alexandria, Egypt.

The expansion at the soybean crush plant will add a 3,000-tonne production line to Cargill’s existing facility. It will allow the company to leverage its existing crush capabilities to maximize economies of scale and efficiencies in its production process for both soybean meal and oil. The extension of the facility at Dekheila, Alexandria, which discharges, stores and handles imported grains and oilseeds, will enable Cargill to optimize its supply chain, allowing for enhanced efficiency in the timely delivery of grains to its Egyptian customers and to its crush plant at Borg El Arab.

“This investment fits with our strategy of growing our business in Africa and the Middle East,” said Johan Steyn, head of Cargill’s grain and oilseeds business in the Middle East and Africa. “The demand for soybean meal and oil continues to grow, and expanding our capabilities in Egypt will enable us to better serve our customers in the local market with high quality products, crushed and produced locally.” 

Construction at the soybean crush facility is due to start in November and the expanded facility is expected to be operational by mid-2017. Work to increase the storage capacity at the Port of Dekheila will also begin in November and is expected to be completed by the end of 2016. The crush plant will be equipped with the latest technology, allowing the production of improved high protein meal, a fast growing product segment in the local market, Cargill said. As part of the investment, Cargill will install equipment that will enable significant savings in power consumption for the new and existing plants.
Cargill has been operating in Egypt since 1994, serving the local agricultural sector through its grains and oilseeds business. It has been involved in soybean crush since 2004 through its majority share in the National Vegetable Oils Company (NVOC), producing crude soybean oil for the Egyptian market and supplying soybean meal to the poultry and aquafeed industry. Cargill also has a majority share in the National Stevedoring Company (NSC) in Dekheila port, which facilitates the discharge, storage and handling of imported grains into Egypt.

As a 150-year-old agricultural and food production company, soybean crushing is one of Cargill’s core capabilities around the world. The crush plant and storage facility are part of a network of over 1,000 state-of-the-art facilities in 67 countries around the world.