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OG&A BioSpecialties awards EPC contract

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OG&A BioSpecialties LLC, an emerging leader in the next generation of advanced BioSpecialties, has announced that engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) activities are underway for the company's Owensboro, Kentucky 'HDX' Project for biowax and bioester production.

OG&A BioSpecialties LLC (OG&A) has developed a suite of 'HDX' hydroconversion technologies for conversion of soy and related bio-based feedstocks into a line of products registered as BioFAME-PH and BioWax-PH. These products have been certified under the USDA's BioPreferred Certification Program. Their properties can be tailored for various applications where high purity, low toxicity, biodegradability and overall combustion/emissions performance are important.

"This project represents the first step toward a fully integrated production facility to produce a wide range of biospeciality products for application in the oilfield chemicals, heat transfer fluids, and industrial lubricants sectors. Our goal is to provide molecules whose use is warranted on the basis of their performance and cost competitiveness," said John Wright, Co-Managing Director of OG&A and Executive Vice President at Owensboro Grain Company.

"OG&A has secured exclusive licenses, joint development, and service agreements with major technology developers in the sector, enabling us to deploy state of the art process technology for HDX and related bioconversion production schemes," said Rocco Fiato, Co-Managing Director at OG&A and Chief Technical Officer at Accelergy Corporation. "The leverage provided by these relationships is helping us offer more reliable and cost competitive technology platforms than are currently available in the market."

The 1000 bpd facility will be completed by year end 2017 and commercial operations will commence in 2018.

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