Tessenderlo Group inaugurates new membrane electrolysis plant in Loos (France)
Tessenderlo Group today held a ceremony to mark the inauguration of its new membrane electrolysis production facility at the site of PC Loos (Produits Chimiques de Loos). This marks a new milestone in the history of Tessenderlo Group, as the new plant provides state-of-the-art technology to produce chlorine, sodium hydroxide (NaOH) and potassium hydroxide (KOH). The plant in Loos is being used by the Performance Chemicals business unit, which supplies municipalities and industry with coagulants and other chemicals for the treatment of wastewater or the purification of drinking water. It also produces industrial chemicals that are used by a broad spectrum of industries such as chemicals, oil and refinery, steel, de-icing and fertilizers.
“We have recently invested in a new electrolysis plant in Loos, where we have now the best available technology for the production of chlorine, sodium hydroxide or potassium hydroxide. The site in Loos is the largest production plant for water treatment coagulants in Europe. The new membrane electrolysis production facility confirms the commitment of Tessenderlo Group to the long-term continuity of supply to its customers. It also allows the group to serve both external market demand as well as internal consumption of sodium hydroxide and potassium hydroxide. In addition to securing continuity for the current activities in Loos, this investment also offers new opportunities for the further development of the site," explained Stéphane Leclef, BU Director Performance Chemicals at this ceremony.
Business Unit Performance Chemicals
The Performance Chemicals Business Unit provides coagulants and other chemicals for either the treatment of wastewater or the purification of drinking water. It supplies these coagulants to major metropolitan areas such as Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels and Geneva, as well as renowned industrial players. The business unit also produces industrial chemicals that are used by a broad spectrum of industries such as chemicals, oil and refinery, steel, de-icing and fertilizers. For example, the sodium sulfide and sodium hydrogen sulfide are used in the tanning and mining industry and as precipitating agents for metals in waste treatment. Other chemicals include bleach, acids, sodium and potassium hydroxide for disinfection and household cleaning, as well as iron salts, which are used as a key ingredient in drugs both for the treatment of iron deficiency anemia (IDA) and specific veterinary applications. Performance Chemicals has four production sites - in Loos (France), Tessenderlo and Ham (Belgium) and Rekingen (Switzerland).