BioAmber build bio based succinic acid plant in Canada
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BioAmber to build bio based succinic acid plant in Canada

11:11 PM, 29th August 2011
BioAmber to build bio based succinic acid plant in Canada

MINNEAPOLIS, US: BioAmber’s subsidiary Bluewater Biochemicals has selected Sarnia, Ontario, Canada as the location for its first North American biosuccinic acid plant. The Sarnia plant will have an initial capacity of 17,000 mt and will be commissioned in 2013. Permitting work for the plant was initiated in June 2011. BioAmber plans to double capacity in Sarnia by 2014 through the introduction of a next?generation yeast being developed with Cargill.

BioAmber also plans to produce 1,4?Butanediol (BDO) on the site, using technology exclusively licensed from DuPont that converts succinic acid to BDO, a chemical with a $4 billion existing market. The goal is for the Sarnia plant to produce 35,000 mt of biosuccinic and 23,000 mt of biobased BDO at its peak.

Ontario and Canadian ministries provided the company with CAD $35 million in grants and loans to locate in Sarnia. The plant’s first phase will spur substantial regional economic growth, generating 150 construction jobs and 40 full time jobs. Additional jobs are expected as capacity is increased and BDO production comes on line.

“Sarnia has tremendous potential as a sustainable chemistry cluster. The unique combination of chemical infrastructure, skilled labour, educational facilities, competitive transportation costs and proximity to some of Canada’s richest agricultural land makes Sarnia an excellent choice,” said Mike Hartmann, Executive VP of BioAmber.

“These provincial and federal programmes have put Ontario and Canada in a strong position to compete globally for foreign investment by renewable chemical and material companies,” he added.

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