Frequently Asked Questions
Please see our project fact sheet for the project overview.
What will the facility produce?
The facility would produce a livestock feed ingredient called ALIMET® feed supplement. Novus through its subsidiary, Newton Manufacturing, LLC, is proposing to expand its ALIMET® manufacturing capacity in the U.S. Gulf Coast region. ALIMET® provides a methionine source for livestock in the form of a methionine hydroxy analog. Methionine is a naturally occurring and essential amino acid supplement in poultry, swine, cattle and aquaculture diets.
What is Methionine?
Methionine is a naturally-occurring amino acid feed supplement which is added to livestock and poultry feed. Amino acids are the basic building blocks of protein.
In poultry, for instance, methionine is the first “limiting amino acid”. This means that without enough methionine in their diet, birds are not able to efficiently convert amino acids to protein, and thus, limits healthy growth.
How big will the facility be?
The facility would produce 120,000 metric tons of ALIMET® annually.
Where will the facility be located?
The project will be located at the existing INEOS Nitriles property in Calhoun County.
How many people will the facility employ?
The project expects to generate about 65 permanent jobs on site, with construction jobs reaching 600 at peak. Novus is committed to hiring locally for these positions whenever possible.
What is the overall timeline?
Project Newton has or will file all required permit applications with the Texas Commission for Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These permits include air and deep well injection permits.