Chlor-alkali Industry Review 2017/2018 - new digital version

Member investments demonstrate confidence
and create career opportunities in Europe

 

Euro Chlor members are investing in new technologies and facilities to support a safe,
sustainable and successful chlor-alkali industry for Europe.

In recent months, there has been a raft of significant announcements including:

Bondalti has begun construction of a new 55M€ chlorine plant at Torrelavega in Spain.

Kemira will make a multi-million euro investment to expand production at its Joutseno chlor-alkali site in Finland.

A 200M€ investment by Covestro in its production facilities in Tarragona.

INOVYN: a major expansion project at the Rafnes Site, Norway and a substantial investment in new technology for the production of chlorine and caustic soda at Cologne, Germany.

Further expansion at the Ercros chlor-alkali plant in Vila-seca, Tarragona.

Vinnolit expanding its chlorine and VCM capacities at the Chemical Park, Gendorf.

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals and Evonik Industries joint venture successfully starting chlorine and potassium hydroxide production at their joint venture facility in Ibbenbüren, Germany

AkzoNobel Specialty Chemicals expanding chloromethane production capacity at Frankfurt, Germany

Chlorine Production 2017

 

2017 chlorine production was reported at 9,895 kilotonnes, 4.6% above the 2016 level but still 7.5% below the 2007 peak level. This means that there has yet to be a recovery to pre-crisis level but improvement has been observed. The utilisation rate was 81.4% compared to 79.1% in 2016.

Production in the EU chemicals sector grew 1.9% in 2017 (compared to 2016) according to Cefic figures. This means that chlorine production showed a stronger increase than the rest of the chemical industry in 2017. Cefic data also indicate that high-energy costs are the ‘Achilles’ Heel’ for Europe’s chemical industry on a global stage, so there is a continued need for EU policymakers to support the competitiveness of the European chemical manufacturing industry.

Country Company Site Total Hg D M Others
Austria Donau Chemie Brückl 74 74
Austria Total 74 0 0 74 0
Belgium INOVYN Antwerp 500 500
Belgium INOVYN Jemeppe 174 174
Belgium Vynova Tessenderlo * 400 205 325
Belgium Total 1074 205 0 999 0
Czech Republik Spolchemie Usti 82 82
Czech Republik Total 82 0 0 82 0
Finland Kemira Joutseno 75 75
Finland Total 75 0 0 75 0
France PPChemicals Thann 43 43
France VENCOREX Pont de Claix 112 21 91
France Kem One Fos 333 178 155
France Arkema Jarrie 72 72
France Kem One Lavera 341 341
France Arkema St Auban 20 20
France MSSA Pomblière 42 42
France INOVYN Tavaux 360 360
France PC Loos Loos 30 30
France Total 1354 0 199 1113 42
Germany BASF Ludwigshafen 385 170 215
Germany Covestro Dormagen 480 400 80
Germany Covestro Leverkusen 390 390
Germany Covestro Uerdingen 260 260
Germany Covestro Brunsbuttel 210 210
Germany Dow Schkopau 250 250
Germany Vinnolit Knapsack 250 250
Germany CABB GmbH Gersthofen 52 52
Germany Dow Stade 1500 1000 500
Germany Neolyse Ibbenbüren GmbH Ibbenbüren 75 75
Germany AkzoNobel Bitterfeld 99 99
Germany Evonik Industries Lülsdorf 77 77
Germany AkzoNobel Frankfurt 250 250
Germany INOVYN Rheinberg 220 110 110
Germany VESTOLIT Marl 260 260
Germany Vinnolit Gendorf 180 180
Germany Wacker Chemie Burghausen 55 55
Germany LEUNA-TENSIDE Leuna 15 15
Germany Total 5008 170 1110 3361 367
Greece Kapachim Inofita Viotias 10 10
Greece Total 10 0 0 10 0
Hungary Borsodchem Kazincbarcika 419 131 192 96
Hungary Total 419 131 0 192 96
Ireland MicroBio Fermoy 9 9
Ireland Total 9 0 0 9 0
Italy Altair Chimica Volterra 55 55
Italy Società Chimica Bussi S.p.A. Bussi 18 18
Italy Ing. Luigi Conti Vecchi Assemini 25 25
Italy INOVYN Rosignano 150 150
Italy Halo Industry Spa Torviscosa 24 24
Italy Fater Campochiaro 20 20
Italy Total 292 0 0 292 0
The Netherlands AkzoNobel Botlek 637 637
The Netherlands AkzoNobel Delfzijl 121 121
The Netherlands Sabic Bergen op Zoom 89 89
The Netherlands Total 847 0 0 847 0
Norway Borregaard Sarpsborg 46 46
Norway Elkem Bremanger 11 10
Norway INOVYN Rafnes 280 280
Norway Total 337 0 0 336 0
Poland PCC Rokita Brzeg Dolny 150 150
Poland Anwil Wloclawek 214 214
Poland Total 364 0 0 364 0
Portugal CUF Estarreja 142 94 48
Portugal Total 142 0 0 94 48
Romania Oltchim Rimnicu Valcea 105 105
Romania Chimcomplex Borzesti 96 96
Romania Total 201 0 0 201 0
Slovak Republik Fortischem Novaky 76 76
Slovak Republik Total 76 76 0 0 0
Slovenia TKI Hrastnik Hrastnik 16 16
Slovenia Total 16 0 0 16 0
Spain Electroquimica Onubense Huelva/Palos 44 44
Spain Ercros Sabinanigo 30 30
Spain Ercros Vilaseca 120 120
Spain Electroquimica de Hernani Hernani 30 30
Spain Quimica del Cinca Monzon 45 45
Spain Total 269 0 0 269 0
Sweden INOVYN Stenungsund 120 120
Sweden Total 120 120 0 0 0
Switzerland CABB AG Pratteln 47 47
Switzerland Total 47 0 0 47 0
UK Runcorn MCP Runcorn 430 430
UK Brenntag Thetford 7 7
UK Industrial Chemicals Ltd West Thurrock 15 15
UK Total 452 0 0 452 0
Grand Total 11267 702 1309 8790 553

Process

Hg = mercury M = membrane D = diaphragm

“Others” include HCl electrolyis, ODC, molten salt electrolyis, alcoholates
Non Euro Chlor members are indicated in italic
* Total combined production capacity of the Tessenderlo site permit = 400 kt Cl2/yr