Arkema has inaugurated a new electrolysis unit at its Jarrie plant near Grenoble, France. This EUR 100 million investment has enabled the facility to adapt to the latest regulations on industrial risks and to convert its mercury electrolysis to membrane technology. EUR 60 million came from ARKEMA, the rest was financed by the French State as part of the plant’s Technological Risks Prevention Plan (Plan de prévention des risques technologiques; PPRT).
The conversion of mercury cell electrolysis to membrane electrolysis pre-empts by several years the mandatory deadline for the phase-out of mercury cell electrolysis operations by end 2019. Furthermore, the site’s energy efficiency has improved.
- Arkema, Colombes, France