Bulgaria’s Solvay Sodi units up subsidiary to step up decarbonisation at soda ash plant

Bulgaria’s Solvay Sodi units up subsidiary to step up decarbonisation at soda ash plant

SOFIA (Bulgaria), October 7 (SeeNews) – Bulgaria-based soda ash producer Solvay Sodi stated that it plans to construct a steam technology facility powered by different fuels at its plant in northeastern Bulgaria, and has arrange a subsidiary, Devnya Power, to run the undertaking.

The brand new facility, to be powered by refuse-derived gas (RDF) and biomass, will exchange the prevailing steam set up which makes use of imported coal and petrocoke and promote the round financial system, Solvay Sodi stated in a press launch earlier this week.

On the finish of September, Devnya Power sought approval for the undertaking from the regional environmental company in Varna. Building is pencilled to start out from 2023 onwards, with an anticipated go-live date in 2026.

The funding will quantity to round 350 million levs ($175.4 million/179 million euro), state information company BTA reported. Solvay Sodi declined a SeeNews request for extra particulars on the funding.

The set up in Devnya, close to Varna, will use pre-treated, non-recyclable and non-hazardous waste to provide RDF and thus get rid of at the very least 800,000 tonnes of landfill municipal waste per 12 months within the area. It can assist reduce greenhouse gasoline emissions, together with carbon emissions from the plant. The power will use Solvay’s proprietary flue gasoline purification system.

The potential use of waste biomass from native sources will additional cut back emissions and the working prices of agricultural producers, in response to Solvay Sodi, which is a majority-owned unit of Belgium-based chemical firm Solvay.

The Belgian group has already said its plans to phase out coal at its Devnya soda ash plant by 2030.

Solvay Sodi is not directly owned at 75% by Solvay, with the stability of 25% held by Turkish group Sisecam. The Bulgarian unit operates 4 areas within the nation, together with two vegetation, and produces soda ash, baking soda and calcium chloride.

(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)

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