LONDON (ICIS)--KEM ONE is to convert the electrolysis process at its chlorine/caustic soda plant in Lavera, France, to membrane technology to meet European Commission directives, the France-headquartered vinyls producer said on Wednesday.
The process is expected to be completed by mid-2016, ahead of the European Directive stipulating a phase-out of mercury cells in the process by 2019. Investment in the project is being supported by the French state, KEM ONE added.
"This change will significantly reduce the Lavera production site energy consumption on one hand, and its environmental footprint on the other hand. It will strengthen KEM ONE's competitive position in the chlorochemicals and PVC field,” said Alaine de Krassny, new president of KEM ONE.