“The plant uses crude palm oil and palm by-products to produce diacid as an alternative to petroleum-derived chemicals which is commonly used in automotive, cosmetics, and fragrances.”
Verde Palm Plant had announced at Astana Expo 2017 in Kazakhstan that it will be offering 400 jobs here in Johor after its initial operation commencing in 2019.
“The plant uses crude palm oil and palm by-products to produce diacid as an alternative to petroleum-derived chemicals which is commonly used in automotive, cosmetics, and fragrances,” said Zainal Azman Abu Kassim, Senior Vice President of BioIndustrials, Bioeconomy Corporaton during the press conference at the expo.
Zainal continued, that this announcement exhibit Malaysia’s readiness of becoming one of the leading bioeconomy nations, and targets biotechnology sector to drive the economy of the country.
The plant received its groundbreaking ceremony on 30th July 2017, co-hosted by Verdezyne and Bio-Xcell Malaysia. Attendees included Chad Waite, Chairman of the Verdezyne Board of Directors, His Excellency Datuk Seri Panglima Wilfred Madius Tangau, Minister of Science, Technology & Innovation, Kamala Shirin Lakhdhir, US Ambassador to Malaysia, other Malaysian dignitaries and representatives from Verdezyne’s partners and guest of honour, Datuk Seri Mohamed Khaled Nordin, Johor Menteri Besar presented the officiating speech.
Construction will begin within 18 to 24 months’ period at Bio-XCell Park in Nusajaya. Once completed, VerdePalm will be the world’s first bio-based plant for dodecanedioic acid (DDDA) production, a 12-carbon diacid that is a component of many consumer products currently made from petroleum.
Written by Maressa Esa of The Iskandarian