Orion Engineered Carbons (NYSE: OEC), a global specialty chemicals company,
said today it will sharply reduce air emissions at its Borger, Texas, plant
with new control technology.
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. The electricity is
also sold back to the power grid. Such energy conservation equipment is used
by many Orion 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 lead to a major improvement in air
quality, eliminating 23 tons of nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions
per day – a 90% reduction. The Borger plant produces carbon black for rubber
and specialty clients.
Orion also recently upgraded its emissions control technology at facilities
in Ivanhoe, La., and Orange, Texas. Later this year, Orion plans to finish
its final U.S. emissions project at its site in Belpre, Ohio.
“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.”
Upgrading the Borger plant supports Orion’s efforts to achieve the targets
in its sustainability-linked term loan. Last year, Orion was one of the
first public companies to take out such a loan, which has interest rates
that go up or down depending on whether a company meets specific
environmental, social and governance goals.
About Orion Engineered Carbons
Orion Engineered Carbons (NYSE: OEC) is a leading global supplier of carbon
black, a solid form of carbon produced as powder or pellets. The material is
made to customers’ exacting specifications for tires, coatings, ink,
batteries, plastics and numerous other specialty, high-performance
applications. Carbon black is used to tint, colorize, provide reinforcement,
conduct electricity, increase durability, and
add UV protection. Orion has innovation centers on three continents and 14
plants worldwide, offering the most diverse variety of production processes
in the industry. The company’s corporate lineage goes back more than 160
years to Germany, where it operates the world’s longest-running carbon black
plant. Orion is a leading innovator, applying a deep understanding of
customers’ needs to deliver sustainable solutions. For more information,
please visit orioncarbons.com.