Unipar modernises petrochemical plant in Brazil

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Unipar is modernising its chlor-alkali plant at the Cubatão plant in Brazil.
It is doing this by incorporating thyssenkrupp nucera electrolysers.
The Brazilian chemical company will replace the existing mercury and diaphragm plants with electrolysers featuring thyssenkrupp nucera's BM2.7 technology.
The company will have the largest operation in South America using the membrane technology.
The optimised design features of the thyssenkrupp nucera 2.7v6 bipolar membrane (BM) allow very high energy and CO2 emission savings.
The unification of technologies will guarantee a production capacity of 210 000 tpy of chlorine.
Unipar will reduce its carbon emissions by 70 000 tpy, as well as generate less solid waste, consume less energy (steam and electricity) and simplifying operations on site.
The chlor-alkali plant is also characterised by its ability to be built quickly, easily and cost-effectively, and the membrane technology from thyssenkrupp nucera is environmentally friendly.
In addition to the chlor-alkali electrolysers, the supplier of world-leading technologies for high-efficiency electrolysis plants will also provide engineering, equipment and consulting services during the plant's erection and commissioning.
"The modernisation of our plant is a measure of enormous importance for us in strengthening our market position. Reliability, efficiency, and energy savings due to the chlor-alkali technology used are of immense importance. By using state-of-the-art BM2.7 technology, we can achieve these important targets," said Rodrigo Cannaval, industrial executive director at Unipar.

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