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thyssenkrupp Uhde and Orica partner to reduce nitric acid plant emissions

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thyssenkrupp Uhde and Orica have completed the Kooragang Island Decarbonisation Project in Newcastle, Australia, with the commissioning of thyssenkrupp Uhde’s EnviNOx® technology to reduce greenhouse gas emissions at Orica’s three on-site nitric acid plants. For this project, thyssenkrupp Uhde provided the proprietary equipment, including the reactor vessels and the catalysts. Orica is one of the world’s leading mining and infrastructure solution providers with a global manufacturing capability.

With the EnviNOx® technology it is anticipated that this project will eliminate approximately 567 000 t of carbon dioxide equivalents from the site per year which equals the annual emissions from 50 000 Australian homes. This reduction in greenhouse gas emissions corresponds to 48% of the site’s total greenhouse gas emissions and 11% of all chemical industry emissions in Australia.

Dr. Cord Landsmann, CEO thyssenkrupp Uhde: “With our proven EnviNOx® technology, we at thyssenkrupp Uhde are making a significant contribution to the elimination of greenhouse gas emissions, thus improving the sustainability of manufacturing and reducing the carbon footprint of industries. We are committed to a more sustainable future and therefore support our customers in achieving their sustainability goals using our proven technologies across the value chain.”

In acknowledging a significant decarbonisation milestone, Orica Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Sanjeev Gandhi said: “This project clearly demonstrates that with the right policy settings and corporate commitments, emissions reduction is possible in hard-to-abate industries of our economy. We will continue to invest across our operations, to ensure Australian manufactured products remain competitive as the world transitions to a lower carbon economy.”

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