An agreement to reduce air pollution from the phosphoric acid plant in Gabes was signed, on Thursday in Tunis, by the Tunisian Chemical Group (GCT) and a US sulfuric acid plant under DuPont MECS Group, in the presence of Minister of energy and mines Mongi Marzouk.
The project, with a cost of 45 million dinars, provides for the transformation of the 2nd sulfuric acid unit of the phosphoric acid plant in Gabes from simple to double absorption with energy recovery through the Heat Recovery System.
CEO of the Gafsa Phosphate Company (CPG) and GCT Romdhane Souid said the project co-financed up to 50% by the European Investment Bank (EIB) reflects the group’s desire to fight against air pollution in the industrial area in Gabes.
The project, which is part of the environmental upgrading of the group, will reduce sulphur dioxide emissions (SO2) by 85% and produce an additional 32 tons of steam / hour, i.e. the equivalent of the production of 5 megawatts / hour of electricity, technical deputy director of the company Abdelhafidh Abdelhamid told TAP.
It also provides for the acquisition and installation by GCT of demineralisation unit whose capacity is 50m3 / hour.
The agreement was signed by the CEO of CPG and GCT and vice-president of the Belgium-based DuPont MECS Group Thierry Marin.