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CHLOR-ALKALI

Chlorine provides useful chemicals for more than 50% of worldwide chemical productions. Chlorine is used for PVC plastic productions. Other uses are: high purity silicon production, as its largest use. Other uses are: high purity silicon production electronics, electrical devices, automotive uses, as well as pharmaceutical and medical devices.

Chlorine production is via caustic soda, membrane, diaghram and mercury cell process. All these processes require pollution abatement equipment applied during some production steps or waste stream exhausts.

Process Streams

In the Chlorine production train, there is a need to clean up the off-gases from the electrolytic decompostion of the brine. Kimre can provide Wet and Dry Chlorine Mist Eliminators as well as providing mist eliminators for the Hydrogen gas stream. Both Fiber Bed Filters, for high efficiency sub-micron mist removal, and B-GON® Mist Eliminators, for control of droplets down to 2 microns, are available for this servcie.

Gas/Exhaust Cleaning

Kimre can also provide equipment for exhaust gas cleaning, including Mercury capture and control, fume control, vent gas scrubbers, and scrubber mist eliminators. Application of our process knowledge and B-GON® Mist Eliminator, KON-TANE® Scrubber and Tower Packing and Fiber Bed Filters provides highly effective emission control for Chlorine plants.

HCl Emissions

Many systems using or transporting Hydrochloric Acid (HCl) have issues with fine HCl droplet emissions. These droplets are often in the 1 to 2 micron size range, and can result in a corrosive fog when released to the air. Kimre B-GON® Mist Eliminators and Fiber Bed Filters can provide effective, economical control of these fine mists, eliminating emissions and reducing damage to buildings and equipment.

Alberto Gonzalez is now a Technical Advisor for Kimre Inc., a global leader in Clear Air Technology. Mr. Gonzalez comes to Kimre with 45 years expertise in the Chlor Alkali industry. Combining his technological background with Kimre’s industry leading products, provide the Chlor Alkali industry a unique opportunity.

Alberto Gonzalez graduated in Chemical Engineering at the University of Santa Clara in Cuba 1976. The same year, he joined the “Electroquimica de Sagua” as a process engineer and later he became the Plant Manager of the mercury cell chlor alkali plant. He left Cuba in 1990 and settled in Edmonton, Canada. He was hired by Albchem Industries Ltd., a sodium chlorate producer as a Process Engineer. In 1994, he was already the Production Manager for Albchem. In 1995, he obtained his Professional Engineer certification in the province of Alberta. He moved with his family to Miami, Florida in 1998 and joined Conve & AVS Inc as its General Manager. Amongst other roles, he has been directly involved with the design, construction , erection and commissioning of several plants supplied by Conve & AVS Inc (www.conveavs.net) to the chlor alkali industry.

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Professional Engineers, Geologists and Geophysicists of Alberta, Canada EDUCATION
  • B.Sc. in Chemical Engineering, University of Santa Clara, Las Villas, Cuba, 1976. (Recognized by the University of Toronto, Canada, 1991)

Additional Information

Hazard Operability (HAZOP) Study Team Leader Training Course, Chemetics, British Columbia

  • ISO 9000 Internal Quality Auditor, Certified by Quality Management Institute, Ontario
  • 4th Class Power Engineer, Certified by Alberta Boiler Branch
  • Provided technical support in the area of waste water treatment (mercury removal systems) to Pennwalt chlor-alkali plant, Managua, Nicaragua
  • Post graduated Course in Water Treatment, University of Tampere, Finland
  • Chlor-alkali plant operation training with Krebs in Paris and Spain
  • Languages: Spanish, English and French (able to read French and some oral communication)

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