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Thailand: Engineering NSTDA Selects Glatt’s Services for New GMP Biorefinery Pilot Unit

| Editor: Ahlam Rais

Under the Thailand Government’s ‘Thailand 4.0’ initiative, the National Science and Technology Development Agency Thailand (NSTDA) is developing a new Biopolis complex which includes the construction of a GMP biorefinery pilot plant. Glatt’s engineering services has been selected for the new unit.

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The Biopolis plant complex in Thailand with an indication of the GMP biorefinery building within the complex.
The Biopolis plant complex in Thailand with an indication of the GMP biorefinery building within the complex.
(Source: NSTDA)

Bangkok/Thailand – The National Science and Technology Development Agency Thailand (NSTDA) is implementing the Government’s Thailand 4.0 initiative to promote strategic biotechnology growth at the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi). One part of this new Biopolis complex is the GMP biorefinery pilot plant at EECi, for which German engineering company Glatt Ingenieurtechnik was selected to provide the engineering services. The contract between NSTDA and Glatt comprises the conceptual and basic design phases for the GMP biorefinery.

The main objective of the GMP biorefinery pilot plant at EECi is to provide a ‘non-proprietary (generic) equipment’ platform for private and public organisations, as well as local and international universities to scale-up and validate their laboratory prototypes and perform techno-economic feasibility studies before investing in specific production lines.

The biorefinery platform will be designed in such a way that allows users to reconfigure the unit operation arrangement (Lego box concept) and adjust the operating parameters to extreme values to optimise the process conditions (flexible process window for optimisation) and customise or scale-up the equipment. Glatt Ingenieurtechnik in Germany will lead the engineering project and design the biotech process plant.

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Eastern Economic Corridor of Innovation (EECi) aims to advance and transform existing industries, both within the EEC and in other parts of the Thailand, through innovative research and development and advanced laboratory scale technology development to actual industrial application. Innovative Agriculture and Biorefinery are among the target industries of EECi. Thailand has developed a basic infrastructure to support the growth of the biorefinery industry. Thailand’s Government has approved the investment policy infrastructure at EECi as a central facility to advance targeted biorefinery technologies to higher Technology Readiness Level (TRL).

The National Science and Technology Development Agency Thailand (NSTDA) is a government agency established to promote the development of science and technology in Thailand.

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