Dow Chemical adding biomass to supply Brazil chemical complex

01 December 2010 14:26  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Dow Chemical plans to add eucalyptus wood biomass to help power and supply steam at its Aratu chemical complex in Brazil, the US-based chemicals major said on Wednesday.

Dow said it had agreed with Energias Renováveis do Brasil (ERB) to invest, install and operate a biomass co-generation plant at Aratu, Dow’s largest manufacturing facility in Brazil.

The biomass power plant was expected to reduce the site’s carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 180,000 tonnes/year and replace some 200,000 cubic metres/day of natural gas, Dow said.

The company would also be able to use the project to claim carbon credit through CO2 emission savings, it added.

Eucalyptus wood biomass would be used to produce steam for the site’s chlor-alkali and chlorohydrin production processes, Dow said.

When the project was completed in December 2012, Aratu would be more than 75% sourced for power and steam through hydropower and eucalyptus co-generation, it said.

The Aratu site, which currently gets its electricity through hydropower, would become the first petrochemical user of biomass in Brazil, the company added.

“At Dow, we’re focused on energy solutions that will unlock dramatic improvements in our energy profile as well as that of our customers and partners,” said CEO Andrew Liveris.

“Our commitment to a sustainable energy future, like the Aratu project, will continue to drive unparalleled economic and societal benefits,” he added.

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