Donau Chemie to open a water treatment plant in Kazincbarcika

The Austrian owned Donau Chemie AG and its Hungarian subsidiary DonauChem Kft laid down the cornerstone of a EUR 6.4 million water treatment plant in Kazincbarcika on 26th September 2012. The company won the contract to build the plant in a competitive tender process which was announced by BorsodChem last year.

The new Ferric chloride (FeCl3) and Poly aluminium chloride (PAC) plant will process significant volumes of the surplus Hydrogen chloride (HCl) by-product from the Isocyanate production at the Kazincbarcika site of Wanhua-BorsodChem. The rest of the HCl material is partly consumed by the Vinyl chloride monomer (VCM) plant for Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) production, and as Hydrochloric acid solution sold in the neighbouring countries.

The chemical company’s 100,000 ton capacity unit will distribute the ferric chloride and poly aluminium chloride to Austria, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia and Ukraine markets.

The products will be mainly used to clean drinking and waste water, as well as public baths and swimming pools. According to the Environmental Quality Standards Directive of the European Union, the demand for water treatment chemicals is expected to increase significantly in the following years. Therefore, thanks to the new plant, Hungary is likely to become a valuable water treatment chemical manufacturing and exporting centre in the region.

The site will employ 25 workers as well as some 50-60 workers during its construction. The new site of Donau Chemie is expected to commence operation in April 2013.