Specialty chemicals company Elevance Renewable Sciences has
selected URS Corp. to provide engineering, procurement and construction
(EPC) services for
its second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Mississippi.
The new biorefinery
will ensure that Elevance
remains on track to meet customer forecasts for its
renewable building blocks in 2016,
according to company officials.
URS is a natural partner for us, and were looking
forward to working together to advance our second
biorefinery, said Elevance CEO KLynne Johnson.
Just as our Inherent renewable building blocks
are a breakthrough category of novel products that provide
innovative solutions to multiple industries, URS brings an
innovative approach to getting the job done.
Under the contract, URS scope of work involves
converting Elevances existing biodiesel plant into a
With our presence in Baton Rouge, near the site of the
new biorefinery, URS is able to provide an EPC solution to
Elevance that features a local, experienced team and proven
Ken Martinez, URS general manager of process engineering.
URS expertise supporting clients worldwide with a
variety of systems and processes makes us an ideal partner
for Elevances latest biorefinery project
Elevance is the only specialty chemicals company that will
have two world-scale biorefineries in operation by 2016. The
will be the second biorefinery
based on Elevances
proprietary metathesis technology
Commercial production is already underway at the
companys first biorefinery, a 180,000 tpy joint venture
with Wilmar International located in Gresik, Indonesia.
The commercial-scale manufacturing facility in Natchez will
produce novel specialty chemicals, including multifunctional
esters such as 9-decenoic methyl ester; a unique distribution
of bio-based alpha and internal olefins including decene; and
a premium mixture of oleochemicals. It will have a capacity
of 280,000 tpy (approximately 617 million pounds).
The high-value performance specialty chemicals, olefins and
oleochemicals produced at the biorefineries will be used in
personal care products, detergents and cleaners, lubricants
and additives, engineered polymers, and other specialty