HOUSTON—Orion Engineered Carbons has completed an upgrade project at its Borger, Texas, carbon black production facility, which it says enables the plant to run without drawing power from the electrical grid.
The company has invested in cogeneration facilities that use tail gas as fuel to produce electric power, Orion said. In addition to supplying 100 percent of the plant's power needs, the cogeneration unit at the plant delivers enough electricity into the regional grid to power over 4,000 homes.
The investment, said CEO Corning Painter, drives energy consumption down and is "an impactful strategy" to achieve sustainability targets.
"The recently completed upgrade at our Borger plant enables us to ... advance our sustainability goals and improve the overall reliability of the plant," he said.