Inovyn plans large scale potassium hydroxide facility in Belgium

Inovyn plans large scale potassium hydroxide facility in Belgium

1:44 PM, 25th September 2015
Inovyn plans large scale potassium hydroxide facility in Belgium

LONDON, UK: Inovyn Chlorvinyls Ltd, a 50/50 joint venture of Ineos and Solvay chlorvinyls activities, said it plans a major investment in a large scale potassium hydroxide (KOH) production facility at its Antwerp/Lillo site, Belgium. This underpins Inovyn’s position as Europe’s leading supplier of KOH.

The investment consists of a 160 kt KOH plant to be on line in 2017. It will utilise much of the existing infrastructure at the site, thereby making the project highly cost competitive, the company said.

Work on the project is already well under way, with initial ground-breaking; putting in place key additional site infrastructure; and the procurement of major plant items having been completed, it said.

Inovyn’s site at Antwerp/Lillo was selected for the investment as it is well situated to serve European customers, with the nearby port of Antwerp facilitating KOH movements by ship. The site is also a highly competitive location given it has major customers for the chlorine (which is co-produced with KOH) that are linked directly to the site by pipeline.

“Through this project Inovyn is leading the way in providing continuity of supply to customers at a time when mercury based production plants need to be closed or converted,” said Jean-Michel Mesland, operations director, Inovyn.

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