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Solvay opens up its Povoa facility in Portugal to other companies

September 29, 2015
Chemical Value Chain

Belgian chemical group Solvay has asked partner companies to invest in its Povoa site in Portugal.

The company said that following the shutdown of its soda ash plant at the site, tis has adopted a range of measures to improve the long-term competitiveness of the site.

The site has been offering services to Portugal’s pulp and paper industry. It also provides solutions to the textile, mining, industrial and hospital disinfection sectors.

Solvay’s Peroxides general manager of the EMEA region Alain Jeanmart said: “Our recent investments on site reinforce our long-term commitment to our customers, to whom we will continue to deliver top quality products.

“The optimisation of the site makes it a strong industrial platform, with plenty of potential thanks to the sharing of facilities, services and expert workforce with internal or external companies.”

Solvay has merged its hydrogen peroxide unit with their sodium chlorate plant.

It has also adopted an innovative project, which attempts to increase energy efficiency and reduce CO2 emission by burning excess hydrogen to produce energy as steam. The process also reduces production costs.

Around 30ha of land has been cleared at the Povoa site for the development of new activities.

Solvay offers several functional services including bleaching, oxidation or disinfection. It also offers innovative products and tailored services to the pulp, chemicals, aquaculture, food, mining, waste water treatment, home care and textile industries.

Solvay Peroxides has 17 plants in North and South America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia, and Australia, as well as operatng the world’s biggest hydrogen peroxide plant in Thailand.

Last year, the company generated €10.2bn in net sales, and currently employs around 26,000 people in 52 countries across the globe.

Solvay Peroxides is developing a new small satellite plant concept, myH2O2, which can be set up in remote locations.

Source: Chemicals Technology

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