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Myriant Technologies to Build the Largest Biobased Succinic Acid Plant 29

Myriant Technologies will build the world’s largest biobased succinic acid plant at Louisiana’s Port of Lake Providence, the firm’s CEO, Stephen J. Gatto, announced on Dec. 28 in a joint statement with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal.


The $80 million Myriant plant will use sorghum as a feedstock to produce up to 15,000 tons of succinic acid per year. The project received $50 million in Department of Energy funding last year as part of the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009. DOE has named succinic acid one of the top 12 biobased products with potential as chemical building blocks.


The plant will begin operations in 2012, Myriant says, and will employ 49 workers. It will be the first plant to make biobased succinic acid on a commercial scale.


Source: Chemical & Engineering News, January 10, 2011


Alif Saleh,Senior Director, Specialty Chemicals, Myriant Technologies will join other biobased industry figures in a Roundtable Discussion at the upcoming BiobasedChemAsia summit.

Entitled “Critical Success Factors and Challenges to Commercializing Biobased Chemical”, the panel of experts will address pertinent issues on:


- Feedstock options

- Economics of value chain from biomass to market place products

- Choosing the right technology

- Uncovering new applications and superior material solutions

- Which business model to adopt? (open innovation, buy-in of technologies etc.)

- Managing supply chain complexities

- How to drive adoption?


Other leading biobased authorities on the panel include Dr. Karl Sanford, VP Technology Development, Genencor/ Danisco.


The BiobasedChemAsia summit is to be held in Shanghai on 14-15 April 2011. Those keen on registration may contact Ms. Grace Oh at grace@cmtsp.com.sg. 

Mon March 21 2011 01:30:23 PM by Bharathiramani 2437 views
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