Albemarle to produce renewable base oil from Amryris’ farnesene

23 August 2011 14:29  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Albemarle plans to produce synthetic renewable base oils from Amyris’ farnesene, the US-based specialty chemicals firm said on Tuesday.

Albemarle expects to begin production of the base oil, called NovaSpec, “in the near future” at its plant in Orangeburg, South Carolina, utilising Biofene-brand farnesene produced and supplied by Amyris, it said.

Under an agreement with Amyris’ Novvi joint venture, Albemarle’s fine chemistry services division will serve as a custom scale-up and production partner for synthetic, renewable base oils for the lubricants market.

Novvi will market the synthetic renewable base oils produced at Albemarle to finished lubricant manufacturers globally, Albemarle said.

Neither financial or capacity details were disclosed.

Novvi is a joint venture formed in June between Amyris and Brazilian sugar cane and biofuels firm Cosan.

For more on Albemarle and other producers visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Stefan Baumgarten
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