Olin to Overhaul US Chlorine Plant

Olin is to invest $160m in its Tennessee, US, chlorine plant to change production techniques to make the plant mercury-free by 2012.

The US-based company will convert the facility's technology from a mercury-based process to membrane cell technology in order to produce potassium hydroxide and caustic soda, which go into the making of paper, textiles and detergents.

The overhaul was required following the introduction of US legislation in 2009 seeking to stop mercury emissions from the plant.

The change will also lower operating costs and help the plant produce higher quality products, the company said.

Olin also plans to revamp its Augusta, US, plant in 2012.