Avantium begins construction of bio-based MEG demonstration plant in Netherlands
Avantium N.V. has started construction of a new demonstration plant that will help advance the production of bio-based monoethylene glycol ( MEG) made directly from renewable sugars in Netherlands.
As MEG is a component for making everyday consumer goods, such as PET and PEF plastics and polyester textiles, the development of an environmentally friendly plant-based alternative has strong potential.
The novel single-step process can finally fulfil this demand in an environmentally sustainable manner that both consumers and leading brands have been seeking. The new plant will use Avantium’s pioneering Mekong technology to convert renewable sugars into bio- based MEG. The plant will be operational in 2019.
The objectives of the demonstration plant are to scale up the novel bio-MEG technology, validate the technical and economic feasibility of the process, and to collect data to execute an environmental life-cycle analysis (LCA) quantifying the sustainability benefits of the Avantium technology.