Dow, K2 Pure Announce Start of Chlor-Alkali Facility at California Site

Sept. 29, 2011

Facility will produce bleach for municipal water treatment and key raw materials for Dow Agrosciences

The Dow Chemical Co. and K2 Pure Solutions celebrated the successful start-up of a new chlor-alkali plant at Dow’s Pittsburg, Calif., site. The new state-of-the-art manufacturing facility will produce bleach to serve municipal water treatment facilities in northern regions of the state.

In addition, the new plant will supply Dow’s Pittsburg operations with chlorine for the manufacture of crop protection products and other materials. The companies celebrated the plant opening by breaking ground for a new commemorative fountain, which will symbolize the successful relationship between the two companies.

K2 Pure built and operates the new plant at the site. As part of their agreement, K2 Pure is leasing an additional facility to Dow, which K2 Pure operates to generate chlorine for use by Dow via pipeline.

The project, including both facilities, has an annual capacity of 460 million lb of chlor-alkali products. K2 Pure utilizes salt-to-bleach technology, which uses salt, water and electricity as the principle raw materials necessary to produce bleach and chlor-alkali products.

Additionally, with the major investment in state-of-the-art fuel cells, K2 Pure will recycle 100% of the hydrogen from the plant and reuse it to create clean energy that can help power the facility without the emission of carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas.

Source: Dow Chemical Co.; K2 Pure

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