Total and Corbion Join Hands for Bioplastics Venture

Total – a leading French energy company along with Corbion – a leader in the bio-based sector – have announced a 50/50 joint venture to produce and market polylactic (PLA) polymers.

The JV features a PLA polymerization plant with a capacity of 75,000 tons per year. It is expected to be built at Corbion’s existing site in Thailand – which already has a lactide (PLA monomer) production unit and that will be integrated under the JV.

With operations slated to be launched in the 1st quarter of 2017, Corbion will be responsible for lactic acid supplies to the plant – a key raw material for the production of PLA and lactide.

Total and Corbion with this joint venture are eyeing to become a major player in the growing bioplastics market. Corbion already has a unique position in the lactic acid and biopolymers value chain and the company delivers high performance bio-based products made from renewable resources that caters  bakery, meat, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, home and personal care, packaging, automotive, coatings and adhesives markets. Total, on the other hand, is among the seven “Supermajor” oil companies in the world and is expanding into biofuels and bioplastics. According to Bernard Pinatel, President of Total Refining & Chemicals, “The joint venture will allow us to supply an innovative material that is 100% renewable and biodegradable and that responds to sustainability concerns.”

A bio-based, biodegradable polymer obtained by fermenting renewable resources such as sugar and /or starch to produce lactic acid, PLA claims to be the first renewable polymer that can compete with existing polymers. With numerous applications from food packaging, disposable tableware and textiles, as well as in industries such as oil and gas, electronics, automotive and 3D printing, PLA is a fast-growing polymer market segment with an estimated average annual growth rate of 10 to 15% to 2025.

To get first-hand perspective, join the Site Visit to Total Corbion PLA plant on 22 June 2017 organized as part of CMT ’s 6th Biobased Chemicals and Plastics scheduled on 19-22 June in Bangkok, Thailand.

For more information, email Ms. Grace at grace@cmtsp.com.sg or call +65 6346 9147.

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KEPCO to convert 375 MW Power Plant to use Biomass in a JV with Mitsubishi

Japan’s Kansai Electric Power Co. (KEPCO) has announced a joint venture with Mitsubishi Corp. Power Systems – a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corp.  The JV named – Aioi Bioenergy Corp will be responsible for converting KEPCO’s Unit 2 – a 375-MW Aioi Power Station in Hyogo Prefecture from its current heavy oil or crude oil sources to woody biomass. The Aioi Power Plant comprises three units each of 375MW.

Unit 2 of the plant was commissioned in 1982. After the conversion to woody biomass feedstock, the plant will have a capacity of 200 MW.

With an initial capital of 450 million yen ($4 million), the joint venture is expected to promote and develop biomass power generation business in Japan.

MCP has spent 40% of the capital sum in the project with the remaining invested by KEPCO. MCP already has other renewable energy projects in Japan – with 73 MW of power generated from solar projects, and is developing and constructing wind and geothermal power generation projects across the country.

These projects are expected to help Japan cut carbon dioxide emissions – as they will use naturally derived fuel.

More on Japan’s biomass power projects are discussed at 8th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power on 15-18 May, 2017 in Tokyo.

For more information about the conference, contact Ms. Hafizah Adam at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218.

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JGC Wins EPC Contract to Build One of Japan’s Largest Biomass Power Plants

Muroran Biomass Power Generation GK is planning a biomass power generation plant in Muroran City, Hokkaido, Japan. The EPC contract for the same is awarded to JGC Corporation – which is a lump-sum turn-key contract.

Expected to have a capacity of 74.9 MW – the Muroran City biomass power plant will be one of the largest biomass-fueled power generation plants in Japan.

Utilizing renewable energy feed-in tariffs (FiT), the plant is said to be built in the idle land owned by TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K.  The plant will be fueled by palm kernel shells and is estimated to be commissioned in autumn, 2019.

As per the contract, JGC will be responsible for uploading the feedstock, as well as its storage and transport, and the supply of other necessary equipment together with the power generation unit.

More on Japan’s biomass power projects at 8th Biomass Pellets Trade & Power on 15-18 May, 2017 in Tokyo.

For more information about the conference, contact Ms. Hafizah Adam at hafizah@cmtsp.com.sg or call (65) 6346 9218.

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