Arkema reorganize chlor-alkali operations in France

Arkema to reorganize chlor-alkali operations in France

3:22 AM, 14th November 2011
Arkema to reorganize chlor-alkali operations in France
Arkema headquarters in France.

 

COLOMBES, FRANCE: Arkema recently presented to Central Works Council a project for new organization of chlorochemicals and hydrogen peroxide activities at its Jarrie site in France. The project represents a net investment of €40 million in the next two years. Arkema aims to minimize significantly the local community’s exposure to risk and entails conversion of mercury electrolysis. It will also help consolidate site’s hydrogen peroxide manufacturing activity while improving competitiveness of chlorochemicals operations.

Implementation of the regulations on use of mercury electrolysis for chlorine production and outlook for certain end-markets require an in-depth reorganization of the Jarrie site. The project entails shut-down of the 150kt/year chlorine production using mercury electrolysis process and its replacement within next two years or so with 70kt/year membrane electrolysis. This conversion is part of the PPRT’s measures to minimize risk at source. It will also help anticipate regulations which impose a ban on mercury electrolysis by January 1st 2020.

Additionally, in view of its lack of structural competitiveness and prospects for its end-markets, dichloroethane (DCE) plant would also be closed. Finally, the project will consolidate industrial world standing of this hydrogen peroxide site through investment in a steam methane reformer (SMR) to help meet demand for hydrogen in hydrogen peroxide manufacture.

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