Jordan Bromine commissions first phase of expansion project

07 March 2013 15:56  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Albemarle’s bromine joint venture in Jordan has commissioned the first phase of an expansion project, doubling bromine capacity at its site in Safi on the Dead Sea, the US-based specialty chemical company said on Thursday.

Albemarle announced the expansion in March 2011, saying at the time that capacity at Safi was around 50,000-60,000 tonnes/year.

Albemarle said that in a second phase of the expansion project, Jordan Bromine Company (JBC) plans to double capacity for bromine derivatives, including hydrobromic acid, calcium bromide, and sodium bromide.

The second phase is scheduled for commissioning in May 2013, Albemarle said. It disclosed neither financial details nor detailed capacity data.

“This investment further strengthens JBC’s position as the world's low-cost bromine producer and allows [Albemarle] to continue providing our customers around the world with quality products that drive value in their processes," said Albemarle CEO Luke Kissam.

Albemarle’s partner in JBC is Arab Potash Company.


By: Stefan Baumgarten
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