Inovyn close last remaining mercury cellroom in UK

Inovyn to close last remaining mercury cellroom in UK

11:00 AM, 18th September 2015
Inovyn to close last remaining mercury cellroom in UK

LONDON, UK: Inovyn Chlorvinyls Ltd (50-50 JV of Ineos and Solvay chlorvinyls activities) said in line with EU requirements to cease all mercury chlorine production by the end of 2017 and as part of its chlorine strategy, it intends to close the “J unit” mercury cellroom at its Runcorn site (UK) at the earliest opportunity.

This follows earlier closure of two mercury units in 2006 and 2008 respectively.

As part of the plans, Inovyn will now conduct an extended reliability test of membrane chlorine plant at Runcorn site, which is co-owned by Inovyn and Vynova, to establish that this asset can reliably meet the companies’ production needs following the eventual closure of J unit. The reliability test is expected to be completed during Q1 2016.

As a consequence of the reliability test, production on J unit will be suspended from early November 2015 onwards. From this time the plant will be maintained in safe standby and employees will carry out ongoing essential maintenance work for eventual closure.

“Ongoing investments we have made to increase output from our membrane chlorine plant at Runcorn site have allowed us to bring forward preparation for the eventual closure of J unit and this latest action is a very important step in achieving this goal,” said Jean-Michel Mesland, operations director, Inovyn.

Other Inovyn production assets at Runcorn site and elsewhere are not affected, it said.

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