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September 25, 2014


Chitin Project


Shell-Ex, a company focused on creating value from discarded shrimp shells, will enhance its equipment with support from the Newfoundland and Labrador Government.  Provincial Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture, Keith Hutchings, announced a $73,900 grant through its Fisheries Technology and New Opportunities Program to help the company purchase and install a screw press that will remove water and protein from shrimp shells.  Shell-Ex anticipates its plant in Twillingate, Newfoundland, will employ six to eight people when it reaches full production capacity.


To complete the project, Shell-Ex will seek expertise from a firm in Iceland that specializes in chitin extraction.


Information: Diane Hollett, Chief Executive Officer, Shell-Ex, 4 Sherwood Drive, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada A1E 2X4 (phone 709-690-9886, fax 709-747-8321, email, webpage


Information: Mrs. Sigridur Vigdis Vigfusdottir, Marketing Manager, Primex ehf, Oskarsgata 7, 580 Siglufjordur, Iceland (phone +354-460-5521, mobile +354-899-1193, email, webpage


Source: FIS United States (  Commercial Potential of Shell Waste to Be Explored.  September 25, 2014.

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