Solvay and Enirgi Chemicals form joint venture



Solvay
and Enirgi Chemicals have created a 50-50 joint venture to speed up the development and offering of sodium bicarbonate based products and solutions to reduce airborne emissions from power plants in North America.

The new entity, SOLVAir Natural Solutions, was formed in response to growing demand for air pollution control applications, including flue gas treatments. Demand growth is driven by sticter regulations and consent decrees requiring coal-fired plants and other industries to improve air quality and limit emissions such as sulfur dioxide and trioxide and hydrochloric acid.

The joint venture will source sodium bicarbonate from Enirgi Chemicals and leverage Solvay know-how to further develop the market. SOLVAir Natural Solutions will enhance the security of supply of cost-efficient products and solutions, as well as high-quality services, exclusively for flue gas treatments in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.

Solvay’s Soda Ash & Derivatives Global Business Unit (GBU) designs and implements customized and cost-efficient flue gas solutions.

“This joint venture offers both the technological expertise and capacity to improve the air quality at limited investments for our customers,” said Christophe Clemente, President of Solvay’s Soda Ash & Derivatives GBU. “It fits with Solvay’s bicarbonate growth ambition in bringing innovative and sustainable solutions and products to the market.”

Enirgi Chemicals owns and operates the world’s largest known deposit of naturally occurring sodium bicarbonate.

“This agreement represents a natural step in the expansion of our soda business and our goal of becoming a major supplier of soda derivatives to the market,” said Sara Schaeffner, president and chief executive officer of Natural Soda and vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Enirgi.

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