Kemira will invest approximately Euro 50-60 million in its Joutseno site in Finland to implement its growth strategy, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
Kemira is planning to build a completely new sodium chlorate production line and cell-room based on Kemira’s in-house technology that will significantly increase Joutseno site’s current sodium chlorate capacity. The construction is expected to start in June 2016, after fulfillment of certain regulatory requirements. During the construction phase, the indirect employment impact is about 200 persons.
The new chlorate production unit is expected to be in operation during the 4Q 2017. Sodium chlorate is the raw material for chlorine dioxide (ClO2), which is produced on-site at the pulp mills and it is the primary bleaching agent for kraft pulp.
“The consumption of bleaching chemicals is increasing due to the recent pulp mill expansions and the announced greenfield projects in the Nordics. We want to invest in our sodium chlorate capacity to ensure our ability to effectively serve our customers. This investment supports our strategy to grow faster than the market and to strengthen Kemira’s position as the leading chemical supplier for the pulp & paper industry”, says Kim Poulsen, President, Pulp & Paper segment.
Kemira’s Joutseno site is currently employing 67 persons and produces a wide range of chemicals for pulp and paper industry.
France has launched an offshore green hydrogen production platform at the country’s Port of Saint-Nazaire this week, along with its first offshore wind farm. The hydrogen plant, which its operators say is the world’s first facility of its type, coincides with the launch of another “first of its kind” facility in Sweden dedicated to storing hydrogen in an underground lined rock cavern (LRC).
The project sets up the Hydrogen Valley in Rome, the first industrial-scale technological hub for the development of the national supply chain for the production, transport, storage and use of hydrogen for the decarbonization of industrial processes and for sustainable mobility.
At first glance, hydrogen seems to be the perfect solution to our energy needs. It doesn’t produce any carbon dioxide when used. It can store energy for long periods of time. It doesn’t leave behind hazardous waste materials, like nuclear does. And it doesn’t require large swathes of land to be flooded, like hydroelectricity. Seems too good to be true. So…what’s the catch?