US specialty chemicals producer Albemarle has agreed to
supply base oils to Novvi, a joint venture between Amyris and
Cosan focused on the development, production, marketing and
distribution of renewable base oils from Biofene,
Amyris' renewable farnesene.
Under the terms of the agreement, Albemarle's fine chemistry
services (FCS) division will serve as a custom scale-up and
production partner for synthetic, renewable base oils for the
Novvi will market NovaSpec, the venture's synthetic
renewable base oils produced at Albemarle, to finished
lubricant manufacturers globally.
"Novvi seeks to be a leading supplier of renewable base oils
for high-performance lubricants with reduced environmental impact, said
Lineu Moran, managing director of Novvi.
Pending regulatory activities, Albemarle expects to commence
production of NovaSpec base oils in the near future at
its facility in Orangeburg, South Carolina, utilizing
Biofene produced and supplied by Amyris, it said.