Radically improving your eco-footprint while significantly increasing production capacity would be considered a major challenge in any industry. But that’s exactly what we took on when we announced the investment of €140 million to convert our chlorine plant in Frankfurt, Germany, to the latest, state-of-the-art membrane electrolysis technology.
The new facility will increase current capacity by around 50 percent while reducing our ecological footprint by nearly a third. For example, electricity consumption per ton of product will be improved by almost 30 percent and brine cleaning waste will also be cut by roughly the same amount. Meanwhile, adopting the new membrane technology means mercury usage will no longer be necessary.
Work is already underway switching over to new, single element, electrolysis cells, which will replace the existing amalgam cells – technology which is now 40 years old. Construction activity began in late 2012 and represented an important milestone on our path towards a more sustainable future.
Due to come on stream in the fourth quarter of 2013, the new and improved plant will help to reinforce our Industrial Chemicals business’ leadership position in Europe’s caustic lye and chloromethanes markets. By increasing chlorine capacity to an expected 250 kilotons per year, we will also be able to meet robust demand and continue to support the growth of our customers.