Myriant starts up 30m lb/year bio-succinic acid plant in Louisiana

17 June 2013 13:30  [Source: ICIS news]

MONTREAL, Canada (ICIS)--US renewable chemicals producer Myriant announced on Monday the start-up of its 30m lb/year (13,608 tonne/year) bio-succinic acid plant in Lake Providence, Louisiana – the first of its kind and scale in North America.

The commercial-scaled facility was partially funded through a $50m (€38m) grant from the US Department of Energy, a $25m loan guarantee from the US Department of Agriculture, as well as a $10m grant from the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Lake Providence Port Commission.

Myriant is planning to build a second commercial-scaled plant in the US – this one with a target capacity of 140m lb/year, said Susan Hager, senior vice president of corporate communications and government affairs.

“We’re looking at sites all across the US, including Louisiana,” Hager said during an interview at the World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference. “We’ll probably make a decision by the end of this year.”

Last month, Myriant announced the successful scaling and commercial production of bio-succinic acid at its partner’s plant in Leuna, Germany.

Succinic acid is an intermediate chemical used in a variety of applications including polymers, urethanes, plasticizers and coatings.

Bio-succinic acid can be used to produce bio-butanediol (BDO) and tetrahydrofuran (THF). Myriant announced last week that qualification work was conducted at JM Davy’s facility in Teesside, UK.

The World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology conference runs through Wednesday.

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