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Solvay to Replace Mercury Cells at Tavaux Chlorine Plant

11:03 AM MDT | October 6, 2008 | Alex Scott

Solvay says it will invest €55 million ($79 million) to modernize chlorine manufacturing facilities at Tavaux, France, replacing some of its mercury-based electrolysis production cells with membrane-based systems. The membrane-based unit will be operational by the end of 2010, the company says. Once the facility reopens more than half of the chlorine produced at the site will be generated using membrane technology. Tavaux: Mercury-cell replacement will cut electricity costs and emissions. Chlorine capacity will be maintained at 360,000 m.t./year. Most of the...

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