BASF’s world-scale renewable butanediol plant using Genomatica tech

BASF’s world-scale renewable butanediol plant using Genomatica tech

2:16 PM, 25th September 2015
BASF’s world-scale renewable butanediol plant using Genomatica tech

LUDWIGSHAFEN, GERMANY/SAN DIEGO, US: BASF and Genomatica said they have expanded the scope of their license agreement for the production of 1,4-butanediol based on renewable feedstock (renewable BDO) using Genomatica’s patented process. The parties added certain countries in Southeast Asia to their initial agreement, which focused on North America. Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.

The license agreement allows BASF to build a world-scale production facility that will use the Genomatica process to manufacture renewable BDO. BASF has secured rights to allow production of up to 75,000 tonne per year. Genomatica will continue to advance its patented GENO BDO process technology for the production of renewable BDO. The process, which includes a single-step fermentation, can be based on dextrose or sucrose as renewable feedstock.

BASF has produced commercial volumes of renewable BDO, offering it to customers for testing and commercial use. The quality of this BDO is comparable to petrochemical-based BDO. BASF also expanded its portfolio by producing and offering polytetrahydrofuran (PolyTHF) made from renewable BDO.

“We are happy to expand our license agreement with Genomatica to the dynamic Asia-Pacific region. We appreciate Genomatica’s openness to give BASF greater flexibility to add BDO from renewable feedstock to our portfolio and to respond to market requirements,” said Stefan Blank, president of BASF’s intermediates division.

“We’re delighted to provide BASF with these additional license rights for our GENO technology,” said Christophe Schilling, CEO, Genomatica.

BDO and its derivatives are used for producing plastics, solvents, electronic chemicals and elastic fibre for the packaging, automotive, textile and sports and leisure industries, among others. BASF currently produces BDO and BDO equivalents at its sites in Ludwigshafen, Germany; Geismar, Louisiana; Chiba, Japan; Kuantan, Malaysia; and Caojing, China. BASF announced it would increase its global capacities for BDO to 650,000 metric tonne and for PolyTHF to 350,000 metric tonne by the end of 2015, and beginning of 2016, respectively.

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