24 January 2012 16:58 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--Italian bioplastics producer Novamont is considering building a second bio-butanediol (BDO) project in Porto Torres, ?xml:namespace>
The project, if approved, will be based on Genomatica’s single-step BDO technology and could have a capacity of approximately 40,000 tonnes/year, she said.
Novamont revealed last week that it was proceeding with its first bio-BDO project, a joint venture with US-based biotechnology company Genomatica, in
The second project will be built in Porto Torres, where Novamont is developing a major bio-refinery project in partnership with Italian petrochemicals producer Polimeri Europa, Bastioli said.
The Porto Torres project is likely to be double the size of the approximately 20,000 tonne/year Adria project, she said.
A decision on whether to go ahead with the Porto Torres project is expected in 2013. Timing of the project would depend on demand growth for Novamont’s Mater-Bi biopolymers, said Bastioli.
“It will be built in line with the growth of our bioplastics demand,” she remarked. Demand for Novamont’s biopolymers has been growing by 20-30% per year in recent years and is expected to continue growing at these rates, she added.
Novamont has the capacity to produce approximately 120,000 tonnes/year of Mater-Bi biopolymers in
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