Arkema Jarrie chloralkali unit due to restart imminently after outage

10 January 2014 14:21 Source:ICIS News

LONDON (ICIS)--France-based speciality chemicals producer Arkema plans to initiate the restart of its chloralkali unit in Jarrie, France, on 15 January and production is expected to be back on line on 20 January, a company source said on Friday.

The unit went down in October 2013 so that a production technology upgrade could take place. The facility was originally due to resume output in early December, but the restart has been delayed several times since then for technical reasons.

The Jarrie unit produces 74,000 tonnes/year of chlorine and 81,000 dry metric tonnes/year of caustic soda. Caustic soda is a co-product of chlorine in the electrolysis process.

During the plant closure, Arkema will convert the chlorine production in Jarrie from mercury cell to membrane technology for legislative reasons

By Heidi Finch