September 1, 2011

BioAmber picks Ontario for new plant

I finally was able to get some questions answered regarding BioAmber's announcement of its new North American bio-succinic acid (and bio-butanediol) plant that will be located in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

The Sarnia plant will be operated by BioAmber's new subsidiary Bluewater Biochemicals, and will have initial capacity of 17,000 tonnes/year by 2013. This capacity will increase to 35,000 tonnes/year by 2014 and will then use next-generation yeast developed by Cargill.

BioAmber also plans by 2014 to have a 23,000 tonne/year capacity producing bio-BDO (and associated tetrahydrofuran and gamma butyrolactone) in the new facility using bio-succinic acid as feedstock. The company will use DuPont's technology in BDO production. If readers recall early this year, bio-succinic acid producer Myriant also had a partnership agreement with UK engineering firm Davy Process Technology for the use of their bio-succinic acid to produce BDO, THF and GBL.

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