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ANDRITZ completes complex retrofit of German waste gas treatment units

ANDRITZ completes complex retrofit of German waste gas treatment units
The completed SCR II rebuild at Leverkusen Chemical Park (photo courtesy Andritz).

Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG (ANDRITZ) has announced that it has successfully retrofitted two selective catalytic reduction systems (SCR) at the Leverkusen Chemical Park in Germany.

In July 2021, Leverkusen Chemical Park suffered a deadly explosion incident, which led to the shutdown of all four lines of the hazardous waste treatment plant.

Currenta GmbH & Co OHG, the operator of the chemical park, commissioned ANDRITZ to retrofit the severely damaged SCR II. However, unexpected corrosion damages at the SCR I unit made it necessary to put this unit out of service as well.

ANDRITZ proposed an innovative concept that minimized downtime and allowed for the earliest possible restart of both units.

The retrofit team redesigned the plate heat exchanger originally intended for SCR II to meet the specifications of the SCR I unit.

At the same time, they developed a strategy to repair the damaged SCR II heat exchanger for temporary use until a new one became available.

ANDRITZ’s innovative and flexible approach substantially reduced downtime and ensured the rapid revitalization of the Leverkusen Chemical Park. We intend to continue the good cooperation with ANDRITZ for other environmental projects, commented Uwe Listner, Head of Technology for Hazardous Waste Incineration Plants at Currenta.

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