Canada: Plant Engineering Key Production Modules Installed at Origin Materials’ First Plant

From Ahlam Rais

Koch Modular designed and manufactured 17 core process modules for Origin Materials’ first manufacturing plant (Origin 1) in Canada. Origin focuses on converting biomass to sustainable materials such as chloromethylfurfural (CMF) and it will make use of Koch Modular’s system to convert CMF into PET. The modules were installed at the plant six months ahead of schedule and will be completed by the end of next year.

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Origin 1 – Key production modules in Ontario, Canada.
Origin 1 – Key production modules in Ontario, Canada.
(Source: Business Wire)

Paramus/USA – Koch Modular Process Systems (Koch Modular) has recently announced that its fabricated process modules have been installed in support of the first manufacturing plant for Origin Materials (Origin), located in Sarnia, Canada. Installation of the key production modules of the plant (Origin 1) was completed in October of 2021, six months ahead of their schedule.

The front end of Origin’s process was a primary focus, converting biomass to sustainable materials including chloromethylfurfural (CMF) and hydrothermal carbon (HTC). Downstream of Koch Modular’s system, Origin’s process involved the conversion of CMF into PET (polyethylene terephthalate); a strong and lightweight thermoplastic material commonly used in packaging, textiles, and many other products.

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Koch Modular designed and manufactured the plant’s 17 core process modules which were delivered to site on schedule. Module installation of Origin 1 was set to be completed by the end of Q4 of 2021 as announced in April 2021. Module installation took place well ahead of schedule, in October 2021, significantly de-risking the project. The plant remains on track for completion by the end of 2022, with commissioning and production start-up thereafter.

Origin’s technology will turn carbon found in biomass, such as wood residue, into useful materials such as plastic. The technology eliminates the need for fossil resources and captures carbon in the process. The carbon negative products created with this technology are expected to be cost competitive with petroleum-based products and recyclables.

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