MOSCOW (MRC) -- thyssenkrupp nucera is partnering with OxyChem to install the latest generation eBiTAC v7 electrolyzers to support the conversion of its Battleground plant in LaPorte, Texas, from the diaphragm to membrane chlor-alkali technology, said Hydrocarbonprocessing.
"The fact that OxyChem has contracted us for the important retrofit of its large chlor-alkali plant makes us very pleased because it demonstrates the great trust and partnership, we have built with OxyChem through our chlor-alkali technology and service," says Dr. Werner Ponikwar, CEO and Chairman of the Executive Board of thyssenkrupp nucera AG & Co. KGaA.
thyssenkrupp nucera offers world-class technologies for highly efficient electrolysis plants and supports the conversion of OxyChem's Battleground plant diaphragm cells. Production and delivery will take approximately three years, and thyssenkrupp nucera will expand its manufacturing facilities to accommodate this significant supply agreement.
In this project, thyssenkrupp nucera was involved in the early stages of project development and supplied the basic design for the core of the chlor-alkali facility. The transformation of the chlor-alkali plant into membrane technology is scheduled to begin in 2023 and is expected to be finished by 2026.
We remind, OxyChem, the chemical division of Occidental Petroleum, will shutter its chlor-alkali plant in Niagara Falls because of poor market conditions and high costs to move products out via rail, reported S&P Global with reference to the company's statement on Aug. 19. "This decision was made due to unfavorable regional market conditions as well as unreasonable and continually escalating rail transportation costs," the company said in a statement.