24 May 2012 19:36 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--US renewable chemical maker Gevo has begun start-up of a commercial biobased isobutanol production plant in Luverne, Minnesota, the company said on Thursday.
The company said its initial goal for the plant is to produce 1m gal/month of isobutanol by the end of 2012, the company said.
"The next milestone will be to successfully ship product to our customers," said Gevo chief executive Patrick Gruber.
The company plans to achieve full capacity run rates by the end of 2013.
Gevo said its first shipment of biobased isobutanol will be to South Africa-based chemical producer Sasol.
Gevo has plans to convert additional existing ethanol plants into biorefineries to make isobutanol and other renewable products.
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