Email Email Print Print
Clip Clip & File

Only on :: Latest News

June 17, 2014

Versalis/Novamont joint venture Matrica starts up biorefinery in Italy

Mary Page Bailey

Matrìca S.p.A (Porto Torres, Italy;, the 50/50 joint venture between Versalis (Eni) and Novamont has inaugurated its first “green chemistry complex.” First conceived in 2011, with the objective of converting the petrochemical plant at Porto Torres, Italy into an integrated green chemistry complex, the project now celebrates the startup of production at this biorefinery, using raw materials from vegetable renewable sources.
The Matrìca plant converts vegetable oils into monomers and intermediates, the base products for downstream production of more complex bio-products. In the coming months, another two plants currently n the construction phase at the new Matrìca complex will come on-stream; at these two plants, monomers and intermediates will be transformed into extensor oils for the tire industry, as well as other products, such as bases for bio-lubricants, plasticizers for polymers and products for cosmetic formulations.
Representing a global investment of about €180 million, the three plants will produce a total capacity of bio-products of approximately 70,000 metric tons per year (m.t./yr).

Add a Comment


Please enter the letters or numbers you see in the image. (refresh)

Related Stories

LinkedIn Groups

Our LinkedIn group is now over 33,000 members strong!

  1. Join other CPI professionals from all over the globe and share best practices, expertise, concerns and more.
  2. Provide feedback to Chemical Engineering Editors

Current members represent Worley Parsons, DuPont, SABIC, Fluor, Air Products, LyondellBasell, Nalco, Dow Chemical, Dow Corning, BASF, Jacobs Engineering, ExxonMobil, Shell, Chevron and more.

Join Now

We also offer the following subgroup for more targeted discussions:

Search the Buyers' Guide

Plant Cost Index

Facts at Your Fingertips (archive)

Ask the Experts

Back Issues
To access this area, please log in or create an account.
Forgot your password?
Request it now.
Live chat by BoldChat