PCC Rokita signs deals to eliminate mercury from chorine production

05 April 2013 12:07  [Source: ICIS news]

LONDON (ICIS)--Poland’s PCC Rokita has signed contracts worth zlotych (Zl) 150m ($46.4m, €35.9m) to complete the conversion of its chlorine production from mercury-based electrolysis to membrane-based electrolysis, the company said on Friday.

The overall Zl 270m project – Zl 120m was spent on first-phase work in 2010 – was delivering technology in line with the European Best Available Technologies standard that would eliminate mercury, a potential environmental hazard, from the company’s chlorine production process, PCC Rokita added.

A project delivery contract for equipment, licensing and engineering services was signed with Germany’s ThyssenKrupp while Switzerland’s Bertrams Chemical Plants would also contractually supply technology and equipment, the company said.

PCC Rokita, located in Brzeg Dolny, southwestern Poland and a subsidiary of Germany’s PCC chemicals, energy and logistics group, aimed to complete the chlorine conversion project by 2015.

PCC Rokita uses chlorine in the production of propylene oxide (PO) for the manufacture of polyols. Its polyols nameplate capacity was last year increased to 100,000 tonnes/year from 70,000 tonnes/year with the opening of a fourth production line.

($1 = Zl 3.23, €1 = Zl 4.18)

By: Will Conroy
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