—Biobased Chemicals: Myriant To Build Succinic Acid Plant In Louisiana “” 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. Synthetically derived succinic acid, mostly made in China, is currently used in small quantities in pigments, pharmaceuticals, and metal plating. Proponents of biobased succinic acid claim its lower cost will open big markets in polymers, fibers, surfactants, and detergents. The $80 million Myriant plant will use sorghum as a feedstock to produce up to 15,000 tons of succinic acid per year.
by Melody M. Bomgardner |
January 10, 2011