thyssenkrupp supplies modular chlor-alkali plant to Tanzania

chlorin eplantModel of a 45 tonnes per day chlorine plant from thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers (Italia). (Image source: thyssenkrupp)Germany-based thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions recently has won a contract for the engineering and procurement of a modular skid-mounted chlorine plant in Tanzania

To be built in the Msufini region and operated by a joint venture of the Tanzanian company Junaco and the Malaysian service company Serba Dinamik Holdings, the plant is seen to be the first of its kind to be installed in the Sub-Saharan Africa region.

Milan’s thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers (Italia) thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions in South Africa are working closely together to realise the project.

Driven by the need for economic development in rural areas and increasing pressure to regulate the transportation of liquid chlorine in certain regions of the world, demand for small modular chlorine production plants is rising.

“To meet this demand, we have developed a standardised skid-mounted chlor-alkali plant. This plant concept significantly reduces construction work and allows fast, simple and low-cost installation. The high energy efficiency of our electrolysis cells results in a light ecological footprint and the process is based on a close to zero emissions design,” explained Dr Albert Zimmermann, managing director of thyssenkrupp Uhde Chlorine Engineers.

Driving Tanzania’s industrialisation

Today, the majority of the African countries are still importing chlorine and caustic soda as the amounts needed are too small for large-scale industrial plants. The new chlorine plant will be an important step for the industrialisation of the Msufini region of Tanzania.

“The chlorine produced by the new plant will be used for disinfection and water treatment and will form the basis for many industrial processes,” according to the company.

Phillip Nellesen, CEO of thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions in South Africa, commented that the chlor-alkali project in Tanzania will be one of the leading practices of combining technical expertise and local know-how.

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