Further to the announcement in 2015 regarding the suspension of production from the last remaining mercury cellroom at Runcorn Site (“J Unit”), INOVYN has today confirmed that closure of this unit will now proceed.
This is as a result of the successful completion earlier this year of the extended reliability testing on the Membrane Chlorine Plant at Runcorn Site.
The closure is in line with EU requirements to cease all mercury chlorine production by the end of 2017, and follows the earlier closure of two mercury units at the Site in 2006 and 2008 respectively.
Final closure is expected to be complete by early 2017 followed by full decontamination and decommissioning activities.
Other INOVYN production assets at Runcorn Site and elsewhere remain unaffected.
Formed on 1 July 2015, INOVYN is a vinyls producer that ranks among the top three worldwide. With an annual turnover in excess of €3.5 billion, INOVYN has more than 4,300 employees and manufacturing, sales and marketing operations in ten countries across Europe.
INOVYN’s portfolio consists of an extensive range of class leading products arranged across General Purpose Vinyls, Specialty Vinyls, Organic Chlorine Derivatives and Chlor Alkali. Annual production volumes are in excess of 40 million tonnes.