MOSCOW (MRC) -- California-based biochemical company Origin Materials has begun commissioning its first commercial manufacturing site in Sarnia, said the Observer.
The company said in a statement Friday the manufacturing plant’s mechanical systems have been successfully installed and commissioning of the site has begun. The facility, which will use biomass such as sawdust to make building-block chemicals for the manufacturing of plastic and other products, is located in an industrial park at the Arlanxeo site on Vidal Street.
“The mechanical completion of Origin 1, our first commercial plant, is an important milestone in our mission to enable the world’s transition to sustainable materials,” John Bissell, co-CEO of Origin Materials, said in a news release.
“What we’ve been able to accomplish to date, despite the pandemic and related supply-chain headwinds, demonstrates the capability, efficiency and efficacy of our project team.”
Formed in 2008, Origin Materials selected Sarnia as the site of its first commercial manufacturing site.
The company said the plant is expected to convert about 25,000 tonnes of biomass into materials that include chloromethylfurfural, which can be used in packaging, textiles, automotive and other uses, and hydrothermal carbon, which is used in fuel pellets and as a replacement for carbon black.
Origin Materials has said the Sarnia facility cost between USD125 million and USD130 million to build and was expected to employ about 50 workers once operating. The company is also planning to build a larger manufacturing facility in Louisiana.
In the statement, Bissell thanked BioIndustrial Innovation Canada, as well as local officials, government agencies and the Sarnia-area community for its “partnership and support” with the development of the site in Sarnia.
“As we look ahead, we are excited to start up the plant, begin commercial production, deliver product to our customers and take the next step in our journey to decarbonize the world’s materials,” he said.
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