Butamax Advanced Biofuels LLC has acquired an ethanol production facility in Kansas, with plans to add bio-isobutanol capacity to the plant in order to demonstrate its technology at scale.
The 50/50 biofuel joint venture of DuPont (NYSE:DD) and BP plc (LON:BP) has taken over Nesika Energy LLC, which owns the particular facility located in Scandia. The value of the transaction was not disclosed.
Butamax now plans to begin the detailed engineering work to add bio-isobutanol capacity to the plant, which will not cease ethanol production.
US science and technology company DuPont and UK oil major BP created Butamax to develop and commercialise bio-isobutanol as a next-generation renewable biofuel and chemical. When the upgrade of the Nesika plant is completed, it will be used as a demonstration facility for potential licensees to see the technology in operation.
“Our plan is to broadly license our technology, and Nesika and the technology deployed at the site will play a key role in that activity,” said Butamax CEO Stuart Thomas.
Butamax buys Kansas plant to produce ethanol and bio-isobutanol