ERJ staff report (DS)
Englewood, Colorado -- Gevo, Inc. is planning to build a cellulosic biomass isobutanol facility in Southeast Asia.
Gevo's President and Chief Operating Officer, Chris Ryan, signed the collaborative agreement with representatives from the Malaysian government's East Coast Economic Region Development Council (ECERDC), Malaysian Biotechnology Corp (BiotechCorp) and the State Government of Terengganu.
The current plan under consideration is to construct a fermentation facility to produce bio isobutanol made from cellulosic biomass. The proposed site is in the State of Terengganu at the world-class Biorefinery Complex in Kertih.
Gevo expects to supply bio-based isobutanol from its plant in Luverne Minnesota to Lanxess plant in Ontario, Canada, where Lanxess will convert it for use as a raw materials in its manufacture of butyl rubber. Lanxess is in the final stages of constructing a large butyl rubber facility in Singapore, close to Malaysia. Lanxess is a significant shareholder in Gevo.
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Press release from Gevo