This infographic shows the current state of conversions and closures of mercury cell chloralkali plants in Europe, in view of the phasing out deadline in December 2017.
The use of mercury cells for the production of chlorine and caustic soda has been declared outside of the best available techniques and will be discontinued in Europe from December 2017.
Total nameplate mercury cell capacity in Europe is estimated at 2.75m tonnes/year for chlorine and 3m dry metric tonnes/year for caustic soda.
With the future of several major plants still uncertain, European and US players alike are becoming increasingly interested in the caustic soda and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) supply situation in Europe in light of potential closures.
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