SunOpta to supply cellulosic technology to China

By | January 04, 2010
Posted Jan. 21, 2020

SunOpta Inc. today announced that SunOpta BioProcess Inc. (SBI) has been awarded a contract to supply a major ethanol producer in China with the Company's proprietary fiber preparation and pretreatment equipment for use in the production of cellulosic ethanol.

The Chinese client is one of the largest operators in the corn biochemical processing and new energy sectors in China and is owned by
a consortium of leading Chinese companies including one of the largest petrochemical companies in China. SBI's equipment will be installed in a planned cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant scheduled for completion in late 2010. The plant will be located adjacent to an
existing starch-to-ethanol facility and will utilize local corn stover as feedstock. The development of cellulosic ethanol alternatives has
taken a high profile in China as the Central Government has discouraged further development of corn to ethanol plants due to environmental and food supply issues.

Under the terms of the contract, which was obtained with the assistance of Pacitec, Inc., SBI's exclusive agent in China, the company will realize revenues of approximately $6.5 million from supply of equipment and a technology license as well as certain design and engineering services.

Murray Burke, president of SBI, commented, "We are extremely pleased that one of the largest fuel alcohol companies in China has selected SBI as its supplier of choice for fiber preparation and pretreatment as it expands its capabilities to include fuel alcohol produced from cellulosic biomass. We look forward to working with our customer to help make the demonstration plant an unqualified success. As SBI's second major project in China, it represents another important step forward as SBI establishes its business in this very important market."

About: SunOpta BioProcess Inc. is a leader in the design, construction and optimization of biomass conversion process technologies, equipment and facilities. With over 30 years experience in delivering biomass solutions worldwide, SBI combines its applications expertise with innovative, patented, and proprietary technologies to produce cellulosic ethanol, cellulosic butanol, xylitol, and dietary fiber for human consumption. The company is currently designing and supplying equipment and process technology for pilot and commercial demonstration cellulosic ethanol projects worldwide.