The LUKOIL Chemical Group has commissioned Uhde to engineer and supply a new chlor-alkali electrolysis plant. The plant will be located at the site of a Ukrainian subsidiary in Kalush, some 500 kilometres south-west of Kiev. The plant, which will have a capacity of 177,000 tonnes per year of chlorine and 200,000 tonnes per year of caustic soda, is to come on-stream in mid 2008.
LUKOIL Chemical Group is investing some 110 million euros in converting its diaphragm electrolysis plant to the latest generation of energy-saving Uhde membrane cells. Uhde's scope of services will include the basic and detail engineering, supply of equipment and supervision of the erection and commissioning work.
"Uhde is one of the leading suppliers of membrane electrolysis plants for the chlor-alkali industry and has built plants of this kind with an overall production capacity of eight million tonnes of caustic soda per year worldwide," said Klaus Schneiders, Chairman of Uhde's Executive Board.