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Veolia to expand sulfuric acid regeneration facility in Louisiana

By Scott Jenkins |

 

Today, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards and Veolia North America (Boston, Mass.; www.veolia.com) President and CEO Bill DiCroce announced the company will expand its regeneration plant in Darrow, Louisiana. Known as the Burnside facility, the Veolia plant converts spent sulfuric acid into fresh commercial-quality sulfuric acid, and produces sulfur-based products for the refining industry and others.

Veolia will retain all current employees as it installs new equipment and upgrades existing equipment, yielding a 15 percent increase in sulfuric acid regeneration capacity at the facility. Refineries use sulfuric acid as a catalyst in alkylation units to produce high-octane gasoline. In the current marketplace, refiners are pushing the U.S. acid regeneration circuit to nearly 100 percent capacity because of spiking demand for alkylate. The expansion will help Veolia grow its regeneration services to meet that increased demand.

The Burnside sulfur regeneration facility in Darrow recently commemorated 50 years of service, and it is Veolia’s largest hybrid sulfur-burning facility capable of producing both fuming and non-fuming acids.

 

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