Kemira expands two water treatment plants

03 September 1999 12:01  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (CNI)--Finland's Kemira Chemicals said Friday its Kemwater subsidiary is investing about Euro4m ($4.2m) in expanding its coagulants manufacturing plants for water treatment in Rheinberg, Germany and Pori, Finland.

The new capacity will replace current production from the Antwerp, Belgium plant which is scheduled to be shut down by the end of next year. Kemira is currently marketing product from the Antwerp plant, which belongs to Solvay.

Kemira is doubling production at the Rheinberg ferric chloride plant, which it acquired from Solvay in January, at an investment cost of Euro2.7m. An extra 50 000 tonne/year is due onstream by Q4-2000 and the process will use new technology which reduces energy consumption and effluents, Kemira said.

The Pori investment of Euro1.3m involves doubling production of Kemwater PIX-322, a ferric sulphate with a low manganese content, to approximately 30 000 tonne/year, Yrjo Sipila, president of Kemira Chemicals, told CNI. The Kemwater process produces a pure ferric coagulant for drinking water treatment. Sipila said the extra capacity is due onstream at the beginning of next year.

"These investments are a further step in Kemira's new 'Vision of Green Chemistry', which focuses on water management, recycling and other environment issues," he said.

By: Anna Williams
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