BioAmber Inc., an industrial biotechnology company producing sustainable chemicals, announced that it has initiated commissioning activities for its 30,000-MT capacity bio-succinic acid plant located in Sarnia, ON, Canada. It is a significant milestone for BioAmber, and one that the company views as the beginning of a period of rapid growth.
Commissioning and start-up is expected to take approximately five months, said the company. While construction is projected to be completed in two months, BioAmber is carrying out commissioning and start-up activities in parallel. Jean-Francois Huc, Chief Executive Officer, explained: "During the commissioning phase, we will test the plant and get it running section by section, produce bio-succinic acid, qualify it with our customers and begin to sell product that meets specifications. We plan to be in full commercial operation in Q3 2015, by which time we can reliably supply customers including our take-or-pay contracts."