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Versalis, Genomatica, Novamont Sign MoU for Biobased Butadiene Production

3:52 AM MDT | July 24, 2012 | Natasha Alperowicz

Versalis (Milan), Eni’s (Rome) chemicals subsidiary, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Genomatica (San Diego) and Novamont (Novara, Italy), a leading player in biodegradable plastics, to form a partnership for the production of butadiene from renewable feedstocks. The partners aim to form a joint venture that will develop a reportedly comprehensive, end-to-end process for the production of polymer-grade butadiene from biomass. Versalis will hold a majority interest in the jv and aims to be the first to build commercial plants using...

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