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Elevance Selects URS Corporation for Engineering, Procurement and Construction Services



Published February 6, 2014
Elevance Renewable Sciences, Inc., a highgrowth
specialty chemicals company, announced it has selected URS
Corporation to provide engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for its
second world-scale biorefinery in Natchez, Miss., ensuring the company remains on
track to meet customer forecasts for its Inherent renewable building blocks in 2016.
“URS is a natural partner for us, and we’re looking forward to working together to
advance our second biorefinery,” said Elevance CEO K’Lynne Johnson. “Just as our
Inherent renewable building blocks are a breakthrough category of novel products
that provide innovative solutions to multiple industries, URS brings an innovative
approach to getting the job done.”

Under the contract, URS’ scope of work involves converting Elevance’s existing
biodiesel plant into a new biorefinery.
“With our presence in Baton Rouge, near the site of the new biorefinery, URS is able to
provide an EPC solution to Elevance that features a local, experienced team and
proven construction delivery,” said Ken Martinez, URS Vice President and General
Manager, Process Engineering. “URS’ expertise supporting clients worldwide with a
variety of systems and processes makes us an ideal partner for Elevance’s latest
biorefinery project.”

Elevance is the only specialty chemicals company that will have two world-scale
biorefineries in operation by 2016. The Natchez project will be the second biorefinery
based on Elevance’s proprietary metathesis technology. Commercial production is
already underway at the company’s first biorefinery, a 180,000 MT joint venture with
Wilmar International Limited located in Gresik, Indonesia.
The commercial-scale manufacturing facility in Natchez will produce novel specialty
chemicals, including multifunctional esters such as 9-decenoic methyl ester; a unique
distribution of bio-based alpha and internal olefins including decene; and a premium
mixture of oleochemicals. It will have a capacity of 280,000 MT (approximately 617
million pounds).

The high-value performance specialty chemicals, olefins and oleochemicals produced at
the company’s biorefineries will be used in personal care products, detergents and
cleaners, lubricants and additives and engineered polymers. 


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