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Spain: Debottlenecking of MDI Production Covestro Confirms Commitment to Tarragona Site by Establishing Own Chlorine Supply

Editor: Alexander Stark

Covestro announced that it will continue production in Tarragona (Spain) beyond 2020. The company will invest around € 200 million (approx. $ 234 million) to increase the cost competitiveness at the site by implementing various measures. As a first step, it intends to build its own chlorine supply, thus ensuring a highly efficient, sustainable and independent supply of the crucial raw material.

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View of Covestro's MDI-facility in Krefeld-Uerdingen.
View of Covestro's MDI-facility in Krefeld-Uerdingen.
(Source: Covestro)

Leverkusen/Germany — The materials manufacturer will also debottleneck its local MDI plant, increasing production capacity by 50,000 metric tons to around 220,000 metric tons per year. MDI is a precursor for rigid foam — an insulation material used, for example, in buildings and refrigerators.

Debottlenecking will be carried out through 2022 while the start of chlorine production is planned for the end of 2020. External sources will supply the operation until 2020. For the new chlorine production, the manufacturer intends to use state-of-the-art energy efficient technology, thus making the production of key raw materials and subsequently overall production more efficient.

“We are fully committed to the MDI market and our site in Tarragona. By debottlenecking and establishing our own chlorine supply, this site will become an even more efficient and competitive plant within our network,” said CEO Patrick Thomas.

Covestro is already doubling its capacity at the German site of Brunsbuettel (Germany) in order to produce up to 400,000 metric tons of MDI anually by the end of 2018.

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