Norway: chlorine modernization

Hydro Polymers, the petrochemical sector of Hydro, is planning a NOK 700 million conversion of its existing diaphragm chlorine plant at Rafnes, Norway, to membrane technology. The German company Uhde GmbH will have responsibility for the major part of the conversion work, which will start immediately and should be completed during the second half of 2006. When complete the plant will be identical to the new chlorine production facility already under construction at Rafnes, which will also use the latest generation membrane electrolysers and is scheduled to come on stream later in 2005. Together these two projects will increase Hydro Polymers’ production capacity significantly, doubling output to 260,000 tonnes of chlorine and 280,000 tonnes of caustic soda. Membrane technology is more energy-efficient and will lead to reduced CO2 emissions. In addition, the caustic produced by the plant will be salt-free.

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