Speciality chemicals company Mainstream Pine Products is planning to build a US$90M crude tall oil (CTO) biorefinery at the Charleston International Manufacturing Center (CIMC) in Berkeley county, USA, the company announced on 26 January.

The facility would have the capacity to process 110,000 tonnes of CTO from wood pulp used in paper manufacturing for use in a wide range of industrial applications, the company said.

Work was expected to begin on construction later this year with operations starting in 2023, it said.

A renewable, non-food resource and a by-product of pine trees used in paper manufacturing, CTO is a component in many chemicals including renewable diesel processing products, lubricants, adhesives and others.

“The increasing demand for renewable, non-food source materials led us to a nationwide search for the best location in which to expand our operations,” Mainstream Pine Products president and CEO Rob Helwick said.

Mainstream Pine Products was founded in 2019 by a group of investors dedicated to using speciality chemicals from pine trees in a variety of downstream products for complex industries.