IndaChlor®: the circular economy in action

In Loon-Plage, Dunkirk, Indaver has invested in IndaChlor®, a treatment facility that will recover raw materials and energy from chlorinated waste. These raw materials and energy will then be used by neighbouring industry. With this textbook example of the circular economy, Indaver is ensuring a cleaner planet and creating jobs in the region. It is also strengthening the Port of Dunkirk. The French government has given the operation a green light, so the countdown to start up at the end of 2019 has begun.

Supplying hydrochloric acid and energy

IndaChlor® will recycle hydrochloric acid from chlorinated waste streams from the PVC industry. Hydrochloric acid is used in the chemical, petrochemical, metallurgy and food industries. Indaver made a conscious decision to build the plant near to Ecophos, a phosphates manufacturer that will use the hydrochloric recovered by IndaChlor® in its own production processes. The new facility has a 40,000 tonne capacity. The energy that is produced during treatment will be supplied to a nearby alcohol distillery. 

Closing loops sustainably

IndaChlor® is part of Indaver Molecule Management®, with which Indaver breaks industrial waste down, into its basic building blocks. New, high-quality products are then made from these building blocks. The facility is a textbook example of industrial symbiosis in the circular economy: Indaver is recovering high quality raw materials and sustainable energy from waste streams, which is then being re-used directly to make new products. Thus, Indaver is working on closing materials loops in a low-carbon and energy-efficient manner.

Strengthening the local economy.

IndaChlor® is also improving the local economy in Dunkirk and the Nord-Pas de Calais region. The plant will create around 20 direct jobs, as well as an additional 30 jobs with contractors. Indaver is also strengthening neighbouring businesses, which will be able to reduce their logistics and energy costs, because IndaChlor® will supply a high-quality alternative by pipeline, directly to their businesses.

Making ports more energy-efficient

IndaChlor® is also a partner in the Ports Energy and Carbon Savings (PECS) project, which looks for ways to make small and medium-sized ports more green, more energy-efficient and to reduce their carbon footprint. Ports, industry, knowledge institutions and local stakeholders are working together on this project. IndaChlor® will make the Port of Dunkirk's energy supply more sustainable: it will channel all the steam from the treatment into a steam turbine; part of which will then be converted into electricity for its own use and the rest of the steam will go to a neighbouring company. The knowledge gained from the PECS project could inspire other ports to make their energy supply more sustainable.

Counting down to 2019

Indaver has now gone through the extensive approval procedure and the French government has issued an operating licence for IndaChlor®. In the meantime, preparatory works have begun on site. The new facility must be operational by the end of 2019.

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