WYNYARD PARK, UK - Huntsman has celebrated the completion of its new €38 million iron sulfate plant at its titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigment manufacturing facility in Scarlino, Italy. The new plant means Huntsman can now use a wider range of feedstock to produce its TIOXIDE® and ALTIRIS® pigments, reduce the generation of gypsum (a co-product), and convert spent acid from TiO2 pigment manufacturing into iron sulfate products for the water treatment, animal feed and cement markets.
In addition to the new iron sulfate plant, a new state-of-the-art heat and power co-generation facility has been built by EDF Fenice, an energy services subsidiary of EDF Group, to provide electricity to the entire site. The operation of the new facilities is expected to reduce the carbon intensity of the site by around 30%.
Construction work began in March 2013. The commissioning phase will last 2-3 months, and the plant will be fully operational in the third quarter of 2014.