The move is expected to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50,000 tonnes per year at Nouryon’s salt production site at Hengelo, in the Netherlands. The company has also more than doubled capacity for emulsion-based organic peroxides at its site in Los Reyes, Mexico to meet increased customer demand in the North American PVC market.
The Netherlands – Nouryon will increase the use of bio-steam at its salt production at Hengelo, in the Netherlands, making the production more sustainable and reducing CO2 emissions. The bio-steam, produced by waste processing company Twence, will allow the firm to reduce CO2 emissions by up to 50,000 tonnes per year, equivalent to approximately 400 million car km.
Nouryon uses steam from Twence to remove water from brine to produce high-purity salt. Previously, half of this steam was certified as sustainable based on the bio-content of the waste. Twence recently started up a new biomass facility, allowing it to deliver additional, fully sustainable steam produced from waste wood. The steam supply allows the company to save up to 80 million cubic meters of natural gas per year – equivalent to the consumption of up to 45,000 households.
Currently, almost half of the company’s worldwide energy consumption is sourced from renewable sources.
In another project, Nouryon has more than doubled capacity for emulsion-based organic peroxides at its site in Los Reyes, Mexico to meet increased customer demand in the North American polyvinyl chloride (PVC) market.
The company introduced emulsion-based peroxides to North America in 2018. Used for making PVC – a plastic used in a wide variety of products including pipes, doors, windows and home siding – these alternatives to solvent-based peroxides are inherently safer while also improving product quality.
Emulsion-based peroxides also play a key role in Nouryon’s patented continuous initiator dosing (Cid) technology, which allows PVC producers to increase reactor output by up to 40 per cent with minimum capital expenditure.
The Los Reyes expansion is the latest in a series of investments by Nouryon to better serve and grow with its customers in the polymer market. Another expansion project in Mexico is due to be completed this year and additional capacity is also scheduled to come online in Brazil, China, and India.