Covestro invests in Tarragona, Spain

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

200 million EUR to keep production going beyond the next decade

Euro Chlor member Covestro has announced plans to invest 200 million EUR at their Tarragona (Spain) plant. Covestro will also build a plant to supply their own chlorine on site to begin production by 2020 using state-of-the-art, energy efficient technologies.

This is part of their works to increase MDI (Methylene diphenyl diisocyanate) production on site. This is an essential chlorine thing used to make rigid foams for insulation in things like buildings and refrigerators.

CEO Patrick Thomas noted: “we are fully committed to the MDI market and our site in Tarragona. By debottlenecking and establishing our own chlorine supply, this site will become an even more efficient and competitive plant within our network”. Covestro is also increasing MDI production at their German Brunsbuettel site which is expected to complete by the end of 2018.


In other news, Covestro recently celebrated 50 years of chlorine production at their Dormagen (Germany) site. Chlorine is considered to be one of the most important basic substances for Covestro, as plastics cannot be produced without it and it is used to produce around 80% of all Covestro products.

Since its 1967 opening, production on the site has increased nearly 10 fold and it is the company’s largest chlorine production facility in the world. Recent conversion to membrane technology has reduced energy consumption by the site by around 30% and stands alongside other developments to reduce the impact of transportation and increase reliability of the plant. 

“A 50th anniversary of a production facility is a special occasion. It is even more special when it involves chlorine production, which is at the heart of our facility,” said Dr. Klaus Schäfer, member of the Covestro Board of Management responsible for Production and Technology, at the anniversary celebration of plant.

Read more at the Covestro website.