Control Tech Reduces Orion TX Plant Emissions


Global specialty chemicals company Orion Engineered Carbons recently announced that it is using new control technology at its Borger, Texas, plant to reduce air emissions by 90%. The Borger plant reportedly produces carbon black for rubber and specialty clients.

According to an emailed release, the $60 million project also involved upgrading the site’s cogeneration system, which takes heat created by the carbon black production process and converts it to electricity that can be used by the plant.

This electricity is then sold back to the power grid. Orion reports that this energy conservation equipment is used by many of its plants worldwide.

“Investing in emissions control technology and generating more clean energy are key to our commitment to sustainability,” Orion CEO Corning Painter said. “I want to commend our engineers, the Borger team and our contractors for the timely completion of this complex project despite the COVID-19 pandemic and supply chain disruptions.”

The new emissions technology will reportedly eliminate 23 tons of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions per day, leading to a major improvement in air quality.

Additionally, Orion recently upgraded its emissions control technology at facilities in Ivanhoe, Louisiana, and Orange, Texas. The company anticipates finishing its final U.S. emissions project at its site in Belpre, Ohio, later this year.

“We are proud that we’ve upgraded these plants, but it was an extremely demanding undertaking,” Painter said. “As we complete the Belpre project, Orion will have significantly more free cash flow to invest in growth projects. 2023 marks a new era for the company.”

The company reports that the upgrade to the Borger plant supports its efforts to achieve the targets in its sustainability-linked term loan, which has interest rates that go up or down depending on whether a company meets specific environmental, social and governance goals.


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