Production Cost Report
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Polylactic Acid
Polylactic Acid Production from Glucose
(1) US Patent 6472559, issued to Cargill in 2002 (2) US Patent 8674056, issued to NatureWorks in 2014 (3) EP Patent 1247808, issued to Cargill in 2003

This report presents an up-to-date, detailed cost analysis of Polylactic Acid (PLA) production starting from glucose syrup. The first section of the examined process is similar to Cargill process for lactic acid production, while the second section is similar to the NatureWorks process for melt-phase polymerization of lactic acid. In this process, a 70 wt% glucose-water syrup is used as raw material. Lactic Acid recovery from the fermentation broth is realized by trialkylamine solvent extraction in the presence of carbon dioxide. An 88 wt% Lactic Acid solution in water is generated and further polymerized to form Polylactic Acid.

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PLA E21A
This study approaches the economics of Polylactic Acid production from glucose syrup in the United States. First, lactic acid is produced from glucose syrup using a fermentation process similar to Cargill process. Then, lactic acid is polymerized into poly(lactic acid) using a melt-phase polymerization process similar to the one proposed by NatureWorks.
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kta

Polylactic Acid Production from Glucose

Production Cost Report | PLA E21A

Details: 50 kta United States-based plant   |   Q4 2019   |   107 pages   |   Buy  From

This report presents a cost analysis of a 50 kta (kilometric tons per annun) United States-based plant. You can add a customized cost analysis, assuming another plant capacity and/or location (country), when ordering an advanced version of this report.

This report presents an up-to-date, detailed cost analysis of Polylactic Acid (PLA) production starting from glucose syrup. The first section of the examined process is similar to Cargill process for lactic acid production, while the second section is similar to the NatureWorks process for melt-phase polymerization of lactic acid. In this process, a 70 wt% glucose-water syrup is used as raw material. Lactic Acid recovery from the fermentation broth is realized by trialkylamine solvent extraction in the presence of carbon dioxide. An 88 wt% Lactic Acid solution in water is generated and further polymerized to form Polylactic Acid.

This report, PLA E21A, is a best-in-class examination of Polylactic Acid production, providing in-depth, comprehensive techno-economic analysis of the production technology examined, including:

  • Process Description: raw materials and utilities consumption, products generation, labor requirements, list of equipment, characterization of site infrastructure, process flow diagram (PFD).
  • Capital Cost Analysis: costs of plant construction, working capital, owners' costs, commissioning, start-up and contingency.
  • Operating Cost Analysis: variable costs, fixed costs (salary, benefits & maintenance) and corporate overhead costs.
  • And much more . . .

Key reference(s): (1) US Patent 6472559, issued to Cargill in 2002 (2) US Patent 8674056, issued to NatureWorks in 2014 (3) EP Patent 1247808, issued to Cargill in 2003

Report Content

Key Process Information

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Assessments of relevant technical coefficients, accompanied by process descriptions that include:

  • Raw materials consumption
  • Products generation
  • Labor requirements
  • Main process units descriptions
  • Site infrastructure description
  • Block Flow Diagram

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Utilities Consumption

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Detailed assessment of utilities consumption:

  • Utility consumption rates per unit of product generated.
  • Percentage of each utility in the total utility costs.

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Process Flow Diagram

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Schematic representation of relevant process operations

  • Key process streams
  • Main pieces of equipment
  • Main utilities consumed

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Capital Cost Analysis

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Analysis detailing all costs involved in starting a new industrial plant (capital investment):

  • Cost of construction (main process units, infrastructure, contingency)
  • Additional owner’s costs
  • Working capital
  • Plant commissioning and start-up

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Implementation Schedule

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Preliminary project implementation schedule, encompassing:

  • Basic Engineering
  • Detailed Engineering
  • Procurement
  • Construction
  • Plant Start-up

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Construction Cost Details

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  • Process unit (ISBL): cost for each functional unit (e.g., distillation, reaction, evaporation)
  • Infrastructure (OSBL): cost for each storage facility, utility facility and auxiliary facility
  • Costs for plant construction, per discipline

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Operating Cost Analysis

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Analysis comprising all costs surrounding the production of a chemical:

  • Raw materials acquisition and utilities generation (variable manufacturing costs)
  • Cost of labor wages and maintenance, operating charges, overhead, taxes and insurance (fixed manufacturing costs)
  • Corporate overhead costs

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Capacity Analysis

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Analysis of process economics for alternative plant capacities:

  • Plant costs of construction
  • Working capital
  • Variable and fixed operating costs
  • Depreciation
  • Corporate overhead

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Customized Analyses

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Choose a plant capacity and/or location (country) and have cost analyses completed for an industrial plant according to your needs.

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