IndaChlor®– what’s it all about?

IndaChlor®, is the name of the new Indaver facility being constructed at Loon Plage (Dunkirk), which will recycle chlorinated production residues primarily from the PVC industry.
IndaChlor® will treat and break down production waste and chlorinated residue streams, from which we will recover valuable materials. With a treatment capacity of 40,000 tonnes per annum, the plant will transform the residues into hydrochloric acid, a product used by other industries in their processes. Furthermore, IndaChlor® will also reuse the energy it produces.
IndaChlor® will be able to supply hydrochloric acid to other industries that need it in their processes. The sustainable value of this hydrochloric acid comes from the fact that it will be produced from waste products that were not recycled until now. Also, for an even more circular economy, the energy produced during the treatment process, will make it possible to supply steam to a neighbouring site at Loon-Plage that specialises in alcohol production. To do so, pipelines are being provided that will link up the production sites. 

IndaChlor®, which represents an investment of €50 million, is located in the port’s industrial zone. Commissioning should take place at the end of 2020 or the start of 2021. The facility has already created around thirty direct jobs and around twenty indirect jobs. 

The ARP project

Like IndaChlor®, the ARP project is part of the Indaver Molecule Management (IMM) programme. The aim of this programme is to recover good quality materials from the residual waste streams created by industrial processes. With the ARP project, Indaver has built a recycling facility in close proximity to (in this case, it’s actually on their site) one of their industrial partners, a steel company’s manufacturing plant. This means that the hydrochloric acid recovered and the energy produced can be re-used immediately in the steel-making process, which makes the logistics costs negligible. 

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