Cove­stro im­ple­ments first plant based Oxy­gen-De­po­lar­ized Cath­ode Tech­nol­ogy

Chemical Industry Digest - - News & Views -

Cove­stro is in­vest­ing around $ 231.7 mil­lion at Tar­rag­ona in Spain to in­crease the site’s com­pet­i­tive­ness. The new chlo­rine pro­duc­tion plant is a key com­po­nent of that. About one third of the pro­duc­tion costs for chlo­rine are usu­ally spent on en­ergy. Thus, the se­lected tech­nol­ogy makes an im­por­tant eco­nomic con­tri­bu­tion.

Con­struc­tion of the new plant in Tar­rag­ona is sched­uled to be­gin in the first half of 2019. Chlo­rine is mainly needed at Tar­rag­ona to make MDI. MDI is a pre­cur­sor for rigid foam, which is an ex­cel­lent in­su­la­tion ma­te­rial and is used, for ex­am­ple, in build­ings and re­frig­er­a­tors to re­duce their power con­sump­tion. Com­pared with the con­ven­tional method, it cuts CO emis­sions by around 2 22,000 met­ric tons per year.

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