Elevance, Wilmar JV to build biorefinery in Indonesia

28 June 2010 20:48  [Source: ICIS news]

WASHINGTON (ICIS news)--US Elevance Renewable Sciences and Wilmar International plans to build a refinery that would use natural oils as feedstock, the Elevance chief executive said on Monday.

The refinery will have a capacity of 400m lb/year (180,000 tonnes/year), expandable to 800m lb/year, said Elevance CEO K’Lynne Johnson. She spoke at the BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotech and Bioprocessing in Washington.

The facility will produce olefins, esters, acids, oleochemicals and biofuels using such feedstock as palm, mustard, soybean, jatropha and waste oils.

This is Elevance's first commercial-scale biorefinery, Johnson said.

The refinery should start operations in 2011.

The BIO World Congress on Industrial Biotech and Bioprocessing ends on Wednesday.

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