A project devised by Akzo Nobel’s Pulp and Paper Chemicals business, Eka Chemicals, to sell surplus hydrogen gas from one of its Canadian sites to an industrial neighbor has won a top environmental award.
Eka’s chlorate plant at Valleyfield in Quebec recently received the prestigious Phenix prize in the Valorization of Industrial Waste category for its collaboration with nearby company Canadian Electrolytic Zinc Limited (CEZinc).
The project came about after Eka started to investigate the possibility of selling the surplus hydrogen gas produced as a by-product of Valleyfield’s sodium chlorate operation.
Following discussions with CEZinc, a deal was tied up which involved Eka supplying its neighbor with compressed hydrogen gas to be used as an alternative fuel (to natural gas) in their boiler to produce process steam.
The reduction in natural gas usage by CEZinc has resulted in a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of around 70 percent.
The Phenix prize is the highest environmental honor to be awarded in Quebec and the Valleyfield site has now been recognized for two years in succession, having also won last year in the Know-how in the Sustainable Development Field category.
This year's award was accepted at a special gala event by President of Eka Chemicals Canada Inc. Jean Morency and operations director of Eka Chemicals Canada Inc. Claude Daoust.
(Released: November 25, 2003)