North Vancouver, B.C.
Sole major chlor-alkali producer serving
Western Canada and Pacific Northwest
Our North American chlor-alkali operations are located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. We are the regional low-cost producer of chlor-alkali in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest. In Western Canada, we have over 50% of the caustic soda market share and approximately 30% of the hydrochloric acid market share. With one hydrochloric acid expansion complete and a second one underway, we are increasing our hydrochloric acid capacity nearly 150% to meet rapid demand growth primarily from fracturing activity in the oil and gas industry.
In 2010, we also completed a technology conversion project (TCP) which transformed our more than 50-year-old plant and made it modern, cost effective and environmentally superior. TCP lowered our unit costs by 20% due to greater electricity efficiency, lower headcount and lower maintenance costs. It also expanded our capacity by one-third.
The hydrochloric acid expansions are a significant value-add over chlorine and position us to strongly benefit from increased North American acid demand. These strategic investments reflect our ability to sustain our future and capitalize on dynamic market conditions.
capacity with expansions in 2013