Canada’s Greenfield to build $50m succinic acid bio refinery

25 March 2010 13:56  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS news)--Canada’s Greenfield Ethanol and US firm DNP Green Technology plan to build a $50m (€37m) biobased succinic acid refinery to produce de-icing products - the first commercial venture of its kind in North America, they said on Thursday.

The facility would use technology licensed from Bioamber. The preferred location was Hensall in southern Ontario, the companies said.

Biorenewable de-icer had a “negative carbon footprint” and was less corrosive than traditional de-icers, they said.

DNP Green president Jean-Francois Huc said the plant would be North America's first commercial venture to produce renewable succinic acid, marking “an important milestone in the evolution of biobased chemicals.”

Capacity details or timelines for construction and completion were not disclosed.

Under a letter of intent, Greenfield and DNP would form a joint venture later this year and negotiate a license from Bioamber, they said.

Bioamber is a joint venture between DNP Green and France-based ARD, or Agro-Industrie Recherches et Développements. 
In January, Bioamber started up a bio-based succinic acid plant in France.

Greenfield is Canada’s largest ethanol firm with an annual production of over 500m litres. DNP Green Technology is described as a private US company that produces renewable chemicals.

($1 = €0.74 )

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