October 28, 2013

Elevance advances Natchez biorefinery plans

Following Elevance's successful start-up of its 180 ktpa Gresik, Indonesia, facility, in 2012, the company is now proceeding with its plans to retrofit a purchased biodiesel facility in Natchez, Mississippi, into its second biorefinery with a capacity of 280 ktpa (617m lbs/yr). The biorefinery will produce novel specialty chemicals including multifunctional esters such as 9-decenoic methyl ester; a unique distribution of alpha and internal olefins including decene; and a mixture of oleochemicals but more C16 than C18 chains.

Start-up of the second biorefinery is expected in 2016.

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