US Amyris aims to build 100-150kt/year base oils plant by 2013

02 December 2011 17:11  [Source: ICIS news]

JERSEY CITY, New Jersey (ICIS)--US-based Amryis plans to build a 100,000-150,000 tonne/year renewable base oils plant by the second half of 2013, an executive said on Friday.

“We are starting to scale up our first 25,000 tonne/year base oils plant with Albemarle in Orangeburg, South Carolina, but we eventually want to launch a larger 100,000-150,000 tonne/year plant,” said Jeffrey Brown, vice president of lubricant products at Amyris.

Brown spoke at the 7th ICIS Pan-American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference in Jersey City, US.

The renewable chemicals and fuels company is aiming to produce base oils from bio-based farnesene feedstock, he noted.

Bio-farnesene is being produced through Novvi, a joint venture with Brazil-based sugarcane giant Cosan, via a fermentation process using sugarcane feedstock.

The renewable base oils plant in South Carolina will begin delivering product to certain partners by the first half of 2012, with larger volumes being available in the second half, said Brown.

However, larger-scale commercial production is aimed for Houston.

“We know the site where we want to build and could bring the larger plant on by the second half of 2013. We eventually aim to have major production of base oils in Houston,” said Brown.

The 7th ICIS Pan-American Base Oils & Lubricants Conference ends on Friday.

By: Joseph Chang
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