AkzoNobel MEB - Caustic soda storage renovation


After successfully completing various projects on the AkzoNobel Membraan Elektrolysebedrijf (MEB) plant, Stork was asked to execute a renovation project on the caustic soda storage at AkzoNobel's MEB location, Delfzijl to increase the reliability of operations.


Stork provided a team of high qualified and experienced professionals to replace pipes and cables, install new pumps and isolation and clean the caustic soda tanks. During the project Stork was also responsible for testing, maintaining, repairing and calibrating the installation’s process control system.

Result & Benefits

Stork improved the reliability of the caustic soda storage at AkzoNobel MEB Delfzijl which allowed the lye installation’s processes to be are connected to the chloride plant again. Stork provided a quick response and flexible approach, while minimisng downtime through inspections and preventive maintenance. The project was delivered on time, within budget and with no safety or environmental incidents.

Customer Profile

AkzoNobel fabricates coatings, specialist chemicals and paint, and the MEB delivers the chlorine material to companies located on Chemie Park, Delfzijl. With the use of energy (steam and electricity) raw brine is processed into chlorine, caustic soda and hydrogen at the MEB-plant. The use of this electrolysis technique is one of the most energy-efficient methods in the world. The by-product caustic soda is among others being used for saponification of greases, cleansing and unclogging.

Technical Specs

Region Industrial Services Continental Europe
Business lines provided Electrical & Instrumentation, (Specialist) Mechcanical Services
Execution time 2013
Contact at Stork E. Eiten


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