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February 17, 2022

Origin Materials to build manufacturing facility in Louisiana

The plant will convert around one million dry metric tonnes of wood residues into products for various end markets each year.

US-based material sciences company Origin Materials has announced plans to develop a manufacturing facility in Geismar, Louisiana.

The company made the announcement together with Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards.

Named Origin II, the facility will be Origin Materials’ second manufacturing plant.

The 150-acre site would produce carbon-negative materials for manufacturing polyethylene terephthalate (PET) plastic.

PET plastic can be used for packaging, textiles, apparel and other applications.

The facility’s development depends on certain economic incentives being finalised.

Origin Materials co-CEO John Bissell said: “Origin is excited to announce this investment in sustainable manufacturing with the Governor of Louisiana.

“The local talent is world-class across refining, forestry and agronomy, feedstock logistics and chemicals.

“The site sits along the Mississippi River with easy access to barge and rail and plentiful local wood residue feedstock.

“The proposed incentive package for building in the area is compelling and the local industrial cluster can provide access to hydrogen, ethylene, water treatment and more.”

The project will generate an estimated 500 jobs in its construction phase, as well as 200 full-time positions and between 500 and 1,000 indirect jobs in the region.

The plant will convert around one million dry metric tonnes of wood residues into products for various end markets each year.

It is expected to be fully operational by mid-2025.

Governor Edwards said: “I welcome Origin Materials’ plans for a new facility in Louisiana.

“Their unique process of developing PET products from renewable wood fibre is yet another example of how the global shift toward sustainability can be a catalyst for economic investment and job creation in our state.

“The company’s carbon-negative mission aligns with our Climate Action Plan’s approach to limiting the severity of climate change while maintaining economic competitiveness in a low-carbon future.”

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