Rayonier, Borregaard open new Florida lignin plant
By P&PC staff
By P&PC staff
June 27, 2018 – Operations have officially begun at the new LignoTech Florida lignin plant in Fernandina Beach. Owned by Rayonier Advanced Materials Inc. and Borregaard ASA, the plant has production capacity of 100,000 dry metric tons of lignin with the option of a second phase that can later expand production by an additional 50,000 dry metric tons.
“We are excited to complete construction phase of the plant, on time and within $110 million combined budget,” Paul G. Boynton, chairman, president and chief executive officer of Rayonier Advanced Materials, said. “This investment provides new jobs for the Fernandina Beach community, diverse and environmentally-friendly products for Rayonier Advanced Materials, and a solid return on capital for our investors.”
Lignin, a natural component of wood, is a co-product of Rayonier Advanced Material’s sulphite cellulose manufacturing process in Fernandina Beach. The new operation will process the lignin into value-added products that provide environmentally-friendly alternatives to fossil fuel-based products used globally in construction, agriculture and other industrial applications.
LignoTech Florida has received support from the City of Fernandina Beach, Nassau County and the State of Florida throughout the evaluation and construction process. The economic and logistical support provided by local and state governments helped to bring this investment into the community and created more than 50 new high-paying jobs at the plant.
Rayonier Advanced Materials is a global leader of cellulose-based technologies, including high purity cellulose specialties, a natural polymer commonly found in cell phones, computer screens, filters and pharmaceuticals.
Borregaard operates a world-renowned advanced biorefinery, using natural, sustainable raw materials.