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Solvay Replaces Mercury Cells at French Chlor-Alkali Plant at a Cost of $115 Million

7:04 AM MST | November 10, 2010 | Alex Scott

Solvay says it will replace a mercury-based electrolysis system with a membrane-based system at the company's two chlor-alkali installations at Tavaux, France. Chlor-alkali capacity at the Tavaux complex will stay at 360,000 m.t./year. The conversion is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2012 at a cost of €83 million ($115 million).   The conversion will reduce energy consumption at the complex by 25% and considerably improve the environmental footprint of the site by reducing direct and indirect carbon dioxide emissions, the company says.  ...

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