December 29, 2010

Dwinding mercury cell chlor-alkali

I might have mentioned before that my day job is actually writing a weekly column for ICIS Chemical Business magazine, and one of my market coverages involves chlor-alkali (the production of chlorine and caustic soda).

US chlor-alkali producer Olin announced in early December that it is exiting the use of mercury cell technology by the end of 2012 by closing its 100,000 ton/year Augusta, Georgia chlor-alkali production facility as well as converting its 260,000 ton/year Charleston, Tennessee, production from mercury cell to using membrane cell technology.

Olin said the Charleston plant will employ the most modern membrane technology which would result in lower operating costs and higher quality products produced.

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