A new succinic acid plant in Sarnia, Ontario will be the first of its kind in the world, paving the way for companies that want to make the shift from petroleum to bio-based chemicals for manufacturing.
After getting an injection of $12 million from Canada’s federal government, BioAmber is set to develop the $110-million plant that will create 150 construction jobs and 60 permanent jobs once the plant is operational at the end of 2014.
Succinic acid can be used to make products such as plastics, cosmetics, automotive parts and construction materials. The company has also developed a proprietary process to produce bio-succinic acid sustainably from renewable feedstocks instead of petroleum.
“Sarnia's unique chemical and transport infrastructure, highly skilled workforce, excellent post-secondary institutions, and proximity to rich agricultural land make it the ideal place for BioAmber's bio-based succinic acid plant,” said Gary Goodyear, Minister of State for the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario (FedDev Ontario).”This investment will help position Sarnia as a hub forbio-chemical research and innovation, further diversifying the region's economy and establishing the conditions for long-term prosperity in southern Ontario,” he added.
BioAmber’s new facility will be the first and only commercial scale production plant of its kind in the world.
“This initial 30,000-tonne capacity plant is an important step in changing the way the world makes products that historically have only been made through the traditional petro-chemical route,” said said Jean-François Huc, president and CEO of BioAmber, in the joint statement.