IndaChlor® , a sustainable solution for chlorinated waste in Dunkirk
Indaver's intention with IndaChlor® is to build a new treatment plant at Loon Plage / Dunkirk, where chlorinated and production waste can be recycled.
As a "European Specialist" in industrial waste management, the Belgian company Indaver presented its new project to the SPPI (Permanent Secretariat for the Prevention of Industrial Pollution) on the Opal Coast, on 13 June 2016.
IndaChlor®, which represents a 40 million euro investment will be built in the industrial area of the port at Loon Plage / Dunkirk. It is expected to be operational by the end of 2018 and will result in the creation of around twenty direct jobs.
A subsidiary of the Katoen Natie group, aninternational logistics service provider, Indaver, which is already very active in the pharmaceutical, chemical and metallurgic industries, has 1700 direct employees. It operates in Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Ireland, Great Britain, Italy and Portugal.
IndaChlor®, a circular and ecological economy becomes reality
Indaver already has specialist treatment plants in Europe that use cutting-edge technology. Indaver, which has its head offices in the region of Antwerp in Belgium, makes every effort to recover as many re-usable materials and as much energy as possible from waste.
With the construction of this new treatment centre in the Port of Dunkirk with a 40,000 ton capacity; and which has been named IndaChlor®, Indaver will recycle production waste and chlorinated waste streams in order to recover chlorine in the form of hydrochloric acid and will also recycle the energy produced. Hydrochloric acid is a product mainly used by the chemical, petrochemical, metallurgical and food-processing industries and one we are certainly not short of in the Dunkirk region. Indaver is developing a sustainable solution for the Dunkirk region and will implement a circular economy that is both safe and environmentally responsible.
Industrial symbiosis in Dunkirk
On the horizon, in 2018, Indaver will therefore have built a new plant near to the businesses in the Port of Dunkirk, with a view to creating industrial symbiosis. IndaChlor® has numerous advantages to offer.
Ecophos, a manufacturer of food phosphates and neighbouring company to IndaChlor®, will be able to use the hydrochloric acid in its production processes. Rather than transporting this raw material, Indaver will supply the hydrochloric acid directly to the company via a pipe network. The energy produced during IndaChlor®'s treatment process will also be recycled. The new plant will supply this steam to another neighbouring company, also via a pipeline.
Dunkirk welcomes this situation in view of the fact that this industrial ecology project will support two neighbouring manufacturing companies and strengthen the North-Pas de Calais region, the Port of Dunkirk and its industrial zone.
Waste will be imported from various regions near to Dunkirk. Dunkirk has good logistics connections such as rail access and the benefits offered by the close proximity of the sea and the A16 motorway, which provide numerous multimodal transport options.
Extracting valuable materials from industrial waste
For Indaver closing the loop with a high degree of quality is central to its ethos: we want to recover as many materials and as much energy as possible from waste, with good energy efficiency, minimal CO2 emissions and the highest demands on the quality of materials. For us, waste is only one phase in a material's life cycle. It constitutes a source of new raw materials and renewable energy. It is for this reason that we constantly conduct this level of research into innovative methods for extracting even more energy and materials from waste. With IndaChlor®, these ambitions are becoming a reality in Dunkirk.
Indaver has already acquired a great deal of experience in the circular economy and the recovery of hydrochloric acid (HCI). Since 2001, Indaver has been managing an hydrochloric acid recovery plant at Tata Steel in IJmuiden (the Netherlands) where 165 000 t of HCI (ARP) waste is treated and of which 99.9% is recovered and re-used by Tata Steel.