23 July 2009 08:57 [Source: ICIS news]
MONTREAL, CANADA (ICIS news)--Construction of large-scale bio-based succinic acid facilities would to start around 2011 on growing recognition that the renewable chemical could replace a wide range of petroleum-based specialty and commodity chemicals, several producers said on Wednesday.
Bio-Amber will start producing this October bio-succinic acid batches from its 2,000 tonne demonstration plant in ?xml:namespace>
Bio-Amber is a joint venture between US-based DNP Green Technology and French Agro-Industrie Recherches et Developpements (ARD).
“We believe that we will be the first to market bio-succinic acid and we hope to start building a large-scale commercial plant by 2011,” he added.
Another US producer Myriant Technologies expects commercial production of its bio-based succinic acid in the second half of 2010, said specialty chemicals director Alif Saleh.
The company will market ton-sized samples for its customers in the fourth quarter this year to verify product specifications and quality.
Netherlands-based life science and materials company DSM, meanwhile, expects its biosuccinic acid demonstration plant project in
The demo plant will have a capacity of around 500 tonnes/year, said Will van den Tweel, business manager for bio-based chemicals and fuels division at DSM White Biotechnology.
“The Lestrem demonstration plant will enable this manufacturing process to be refined further before it is scaled-up to full commercial industrial production in 2011/2012,”he said.
The 3-day industrial biotechnology event ends Wednesday.
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