BioAmber and Mitsui join forces for succinic acid and 1,4 butanediol projects

BioAmber has partnered with Mitsui to build and operate a biosuccinic acid and 1,4 butanediol manufacturing facility in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada.

The facility will have an initial production capacity of 17,000t of biosuccinic acid and is scheduled to start commercial production in 2013.

The partners plan to subsequently expand capacity to produce 35,000t of succinic acid and 23,000t of 1,4 butanediol.

In addition, they plan to jointly build and operate two additional facilities that, together with Sarnia plant, will have a total capacity of 165,000t of succinic acid and 123,000t of 1,4 butanediol.

The second plant is anticipated to be built in Thailand, while the third plant in either North America or Brazil.

The parties are currently undertaking a feasibility study for the Thailand plant in collaboration with PTT MCC Biochem.