BioAmber inaugurates largest biobased succinic acid plant in Canada

BioAmber inaugurates largest biobased succinic acid plant in Canada

8:03 AM, 7th August 2015
BioAmber inaugurates largest biobased succinic acid plant in Canada
BioAmber opens the world’s largest biobased succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Canada, built jointly with Mitsui & Co Ltd. The opening ceremony was attended by the management team of the companies.

MONTREAL, CANADA: BioAmber Inc said it has opened its Sarnia plant, the world’s largest succinic acid production facility and that it will be globally competitive while making chemicals more sustainably.

Built jointly with Mitsui & Co Ltd, the Sarnia plant construction cost is approximately $141.5 million with a capacity of 30,000 tonne per year of succinic acid, BioAmber said.

BioAmber Sarnia makes renewable chemicals from sugar instead of petroleum, using an innovative biotechnology which is lower cost than oil-based production. It will produce biobased succinic acid from glucose sourced from southern Ontario agricultural suppliers.

The plant has received support from the government of Canada and Ontario through the Ontario ministry of economic development, employment and infrastructure’s strategic jobs and investment fund.

Also the demand for renewable building block chemicals is increasing in large global markets. Some of the known applications include plastics, paints, textiles and coatings, artificial leather, food and flavours and personal care products, among others, the company said.

“We’re excited that our renewable chemicals made from sugars are making everyday applications around the world more sustainable,” J F Huc, CEO, BioAmber.

“The opening of the BioAmber Sarnia facility is key to the development of Sarnia’s unique bio-industrial complex, delivering good jobs, significant exports and diverse markets for Ontario farmers with full support of government of Ontario. The production and development of sustainable chemicals by BioAmber, working from within the existing chemistry cluster in Sarnia, is an economic and environmental win for the community and the province,” said Brad Duguid, provincial parliament member, Scarborough-centre, economic development minister, employment and infrastructure.

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