Viridis Chemical provides update on improvement projects

By Viridis Chemical LLC | September 09, 2021

Viridis Chemical LLC, a manufacturer of renewable chemicals, announces the completion of the Phase I capital improvement to produce USP grade biobased ethanol and the commencement of the Phase II capital improvement to produce biobased ethyl acetate at its plant in Columbus, Nebraska.

As previously disclosed, Viridis Chemical partnered with HELM U.S. Corp. in an exclusive Global Marketing Partnership regarding the products produced at the Columbus, Nebraska, plant and Koch Project Solutions LLC to design and construct its two-phase capital project.

Viridis Chemical began USP grade bio-based ethanol production in early August 2021 at the Columbus, Nebraska, plant. On specification product for USP grade ethanol has been achieved and the first railcars have been sold to Viridis Chemical's marketing partner, HELM. In addition to starting USP production, Viridis Chemical and KPS initiated construction on the Phase II capital improvement to produce biobased urethane grade ethyl acetate and expects to begin production of that product the first quarter of 2023.

Carl Rush, co-founder and CEO of Viridis Chemical, stated, "This is a huge first step for our company as we bring our USP grade bio-based ethanol product to market. We will now shift our focus to executing on our ethyl acetate expansion project. Upon completion of our ethyl acetate expansion project, we will be the first and only large-scale producer of bio-based ethyl acetate in North America and look forward to providing the domestic as well as global market with sustainable ethyl acetate for a variety of applications, including several consumer-facing products."

"We are extremely pleased that Viridis Chemical has begun USP ethanol production and look forward to being able to provide sustainable volumes of USP ethanol to our broad customer base. This is an exciting milestone for the partnership between Viridis Chemical and HELM and we look forward to the continuation of our relationship when the ethyl acetate unit is online," said Björn Steckel, President Chemicals Americas of HELM.

Paul Switzer, President of Koch Project Solutions, said, "We're pleased to partner with Viridis Chemical to help them achieve their Phase I milestone and are excited to continue working with them as they move onto Phase II. We expect Phase II to be operationally ready by early 2023."