BORGER, Texas—Orion Engineered Carbons is serious about sustainability and has taken another big step toward its goals.
The carbon black maker has completed the installation of new emissions technology at its Borger facility, a move it said will lead to a major improvement in air quality. Orion also has upgraded the plant's cogeneration system, which converts heat from the carbon black manufacturing process into electricity that can be used to power the plant. Some of the electricity generated is sold back.
And the $60 million project has great potential, Orion said. The rubber industry supplier estimates that the newly upgraded system can reduce the nitrogen oxide and sulfur dioxide emissions by 90 percent, a decrease that amounts to about 23 total metric tons per day.
"Investing in emissions control technology and generating more clean energy are key to our commitment to sustainability," Orion CEO Corning Painter said in a statement. "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."