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BioAmber On Track for Plant Commissioning in 2014

With an initial capacity of 17,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid, BioAmber is on track for commissioning of operations at its new plant in Sarnia in 2014.

“We have begun early works on the site in Sarnia including hooking up to the water and sewer system under Vidal Street,” says the company’s Executive Vice-President Mike Hartmann.

The company plans to expand capacity at the Sarnia operation to 34,000 metric tons of bio-succinic acid, with a 23,000 metric tons bio-based 1,4-butanediol (1,4 BDO) plant planned for late 2014.

The $80 million project is being constructed at the LANXESS Bio-Industrial Park in Sarnia. The site is located in a large petrochemical hub with existing infrastructure that facilitates access to utilities and certain raw materials and finished product shipment, including steam, electricity, hydrogen, water treatment and carbon dioxide.

This is the first facility to be built under BioAmber’s joint venture agreement with Mitsui & Co. The companies intend to build additional facilities in Thailand and either the United States or Brazil.

BioAmber currently manufactures its bio-succinic acid in a facility using a commercial scale 350,000-litre fermenter in Pomacle, France, which the company believes to be one of the largest bio-based chemical manufacturing facilities in the world.

In September, Inolex, a developer of innovative ingredients for the personal care and cosmetics industries, launched a new range of 100% natural and sustainable emollients using bio-based succinic acid from BioAmber. Other developments at BioAmber in 2012 have included an agreement with Evonik Industries on long-term cooperation for the development and manufacturing of catalysts for making BDO, and a BIOTECanada Gold Leaf Award for Early Stage Company of the Year.

Bioamber Sarnia Plant SketchSketch of Bioamber's Succinic Acid Facility

BioAmber

The company's proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals. BioAmber currently sells its first product, bio-succinic acid, to customers in a variety of chemical markets in connection with its product and market development efforts.

BioAmber

The company's proprietary technology platform combines industrial biotechnology, an innovative purification process and chemical catalysis to convert renewable feedstocks into chemicals that are cost-competitive replacements for petroleum-derived chemicals. BioAmber currently sells its first product, bio-succinic acid, to customers in a variety of chemical markets in connection with its product and market development efforts.

The Sustainable Chemistry Alliance is a not-for-profit organization established in 2008 to promote growth and prosperity by fostering and supporting innovation, development, commercialization and related business activities and projects in the area of green and sustainable chemistry. SCA is supported by the Bioindustrial Innovation Centre, a Centre of Excellence for Commercialization of Research with funding from the Government of Canada. www.suschemalliance.ca

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