04 April 2012 17:05 [Source: ICIS news]
LONDON (ICIS)--French engineering contractor Technip has signed a co-operation agreement with biotechnology company Compagnie Industrielle de la Matiere Vegetale (CIMV) to develop CIMV’s biomass conversion technology, it said on Wednesday.
The technology is used to convert non-edible solid biomass into three main components, cellulose, hemi-cellulose and lignin, which can be used as hydrocarbon feedstock by the chemical industry, said Stephane His, Technip’s vice president for biofuels and renewable energies.
Technip said it has been providing CIMV with its engineering and construction expertise for the past five years, enabling CIMV to move from pilot production to the industrial unit stage.
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The collaboration was made official with the signing of a commercial and industrial cooperation contract.
Under the agreement, companies planning to build plants based on the CIMV technology will have to use Technip’s services, His explained.
As well as giving Technip’s clients access to the CIMV technology, the partnership “will also allow us to better respond to future project bids for biorefineries across the world”, he added.
CIMV plans to build its first industrial unit at Loisy-sur-Marne in northeast
Construction of the plant, which would have the capacity to process about 180,000 tonnes/year of straw, is expected to begin in 2013 and production could begin two or three years later, said His.
“We are starting to work on the studies,” he added.
Financial details of the project were not disclosed.
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