SDE3 was retained to develop a novel, ship-mounted process for concentrating high value omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids from fish oil. SDE3 developed an interesterification technology that would concentrate higher molecular weight unsaturated fatty acids, without losing the natural triglyceride structure.
SDE3 set up and conducted laboratory trials to validate the process and determine operating parameters for a commercial scale operation. Following laboratory trials, a capital estimate was developed for installing the process on board a factory trawler that had been previously removed from service.
The mobile oil processing factory would be located close to the Bering Sea fishing grounds to allow immediate processing into value-added products.