BELGIUM: Vito, VMH & Worley Belgium planning pilot plant for bio-based aromatics
Biorizon co-initiator Vito, VMH and Worley Belgium have partnered to design and build a continuous pilot plant for the depolymerization of lignin into bio-based aromatics and are inviting companies to participate and/or invest in the project. The pilot facility, with a total budget of EUR 4.3 million, is expected to have an output of 250 kg/d of lignin oil. Operations are anticipated to begin in mid-2021.
"Many studies have shown that lignocellulosic biomass (wood, straw, corn stover, switch grass, forestry residues, including bark as well as waste wood) has tremendous potential for sustainable production of chemicals and fuels, and more specifically bio-based aromatics," Biorizon noted.
Source: Weekly “PetroChemical News”, Durham, NC, USA; 11 Nov 2019
(Syed Rashid Ali, Karachi, Pakistan)