Evonik, AkzoNobel JV build membrane electrolysis system

Evonik, AkzoNobel JV to build membrane electrolysis system

11:57 AM, 5th November 2015
Evonik, AkzoNobel JV to build membrane electrolysis system

ESSEN, GERMANY: After the founding of the production joint venture Neolyse Ibbenburen GmbH, the two partners Evonik Industries and AkzoNobel have contracted with the company Chemieanlagenbau Chemnitz (CAC) to construct the membrane electrolysis system.

Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2016, with production expected to start in the fourth quarter of 2017. The new system in Ibbenburenis expected to have an annual nominal capacity of about 130,000 tonne for caustic potash solution and about 82,000 tonne for chlorine.

CAC will handle the engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services for the system, encompassing the detailed engineering, the purchasing services, construction site management, and support during the commissioning procedure, as well as the test run of the system.

After the start of production, AkzoNobel will handle the marketing of chlorine as well as the hydrogen produced during the electrolysis, or it will process these products further at the Ibbenburen site. Evonik will handle the marketing of the caustic potash solution and the further processing at Evonik’s Lulsdorf site. Evonik processes the caustic potash solution among other things to potassium carbonate (potash) in Lulsdorf.

The joint venture is designed to further solidify the leading market positions of the two companies, they said.

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