NextChem announced yesterday it was contracted by Sogis Chemical Co. to build a plant that will make oleic acid from residual fats. Oleic acid is an intermediate used for production of biobased lubricants.
Under the agreement, NextChem will provide supply engineering and procurement services for construction of a production line that will have capacity to produce 22,000 metric tons per year. The facility will be incorporated into existing So.G.I.S. operations in the municipality of Sospiro, in the province of Cremona in northern Italy.