UpdateGevo continues operations at US plant despite court order

13 June 2012 15:16  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Gevo will continue to optimise operations at a bio-based isobutanol facility in Luverne, Minnesota, as previously planned, the US producer said on Wednesday.

Gevo was reacting to a statement by rival Butamax that a US court had ordered Gevo to restrict deliveries from Luverne, which started up last month. The companies are locked in a dispute over alleged patent infringements.

Gevo said that the court instructed it to “maintain the status quo” on the Laverne plant.

“As the judge has not made a decision for or against the preliminary injunction to date, it’s understandable that she wants to make sure Gevo sticks to its current business plan,” said Gevo executive vice president Brett Lund.

“For Gevo, that means we continue to optimise Luverne operating parameters […] and most importantly we sell our renewable isobutanol to Sasol and the US Air Force,” Lund said.

Butamax had welcomed the court order, saying that it “provides protection for markets of key interest to Butamax.”

Butamax said the order stated that Gevo “shall not deliver, provide, distribute, ship, release, or transfer in any way bio-based isobutanol produced at Gevo’s Luverne facility from recombinant yeast microorganisms to any third party for any use or purpose, except that it may sell its bio-based isobutanol produced at the Luverne facility to Sasol for chemical applications and the US Air Force for jet fuel testing applications”.

Butamax is a joint venture between DuPont and BP.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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