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Intratec newest publication scrutinizes industrial sodium hypochlorite production through the chlorination of caustic soda by chlorine gas. A plant integrated upstream with a chlor-alkali facility and capable of producing 250 kta of bleach would present an internal rate of return of 25%.
Transport and handling safety concerns are leading to the substitution of chlorine-based water treatment, which represents a significant market expansion potential.
Both the capital investment and the operating costs for plants erected on the US Gulf Coast, in Germany and in Brazil are presented. Included in the analysis is an overview of the technology and economics of a widely used process, similar to the employed by Solvay Chemicals, for example. The CAPEX for a plant on the US Gulf Coast reaches USD 33 million.
Know more at: http://www.intratec.us/publications/sodium-hypochlorite-chemical-production