MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 1, 2:45 p.m. ET) — Renewable chemicals company BioAmber Inc. is building a new bio-based succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario.
Succinic acid can be used to make products such as including automotive parts, biodegradable coffee cup lids and disposable cutlery. The $80 million plant will be commissioned in 2013 and will have an initial capacity of 17,000 million metric tons per year.
Minneapolis-based BioAmber also plans to produce 1,4-Butanediol (BDO) on the site, using technology licensed from DuPont Co. that coverts succinic acid to BDO. The goal is for the Sarnia plant to produce up to 35,000 million metric tonnes of bio-based succinic acid and 23,000 million metric tons of bio-based BDO.
BioAmber currently produces and sells bio-based succinic acid at a 3,000 million metric ton capacity plant in France.