EPCA ’10: Chemtura invests $30m in Arkansas bromine facilities

04 October 2010 16:42  [Source: ICIS news]

BUDAPEST (ICIS)--Chemtura has invested more than $30m (€22m) in recent years to optimise its bromine facilities in Arkansas, an official with the US-based flame retardant producer said on Monday.

Chemtura's reserves at El Dorado, Arkansas, provide the company with its largest source of bromines, which are used to make brominated flame retardants, said Anne Noonan, Chemtura's vice president for flame retardants and brominated performance products and fumigants.

She was speaking on the sidelines of the 44th European Petrochemical Association (EPCA) meeting in Budapest, Hungary.

Chemtura has invested the money to optimise production at is most productive brine wells, Noonan said. The company has also acquired several area land leases there, “so Chemtura has the ability to expand when we decide to do that”, she said.

Chemtura has acquired Albemarle's bromine sources in Arkansas as well, she added.

The company has also doubled investments in its specialised bromine container fleet, she said.

Chemtura also gets bromine from a site near the Dead Sea in the Middle East through an arrangement with a local company, Noonan said.

Arkansas and the Dead Sea region have the world’s richest and most stable bromine resources, Noonan said.

This year's EPCA meeting runs from 2-6 October.

($1 = €0.72)

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