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Acid Plant Database  December 18, 2016


Owner Veolia

Location 1201 Bellwood Road
Richmond, Virgina
USA  23237
Background Formerly The Chemours Company www.chemours.com
Formerly E.I. Du Pont de Nemours & Co. Inc.
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Website www.veolianorthamerica.com
Plant James River Plant
Coordinates 37° 25' 1" N, 77° 24' 32" W
Type of Plant Sulphur Burning
Gas Source Elemental Sulphur
Plant Capacity 1947: 250 STPD
2003: 300 STPD
Emissions SO2: 123 ton (12 month rolling average)
         1.5 lb/ton (3 h rolling average)
The above emission limits are the subject of a Consent Decree which must be met by March 1, 2010
Status Operating
Year Built 1947
Technology Monsanto (MECS)
Contractor Leonard Construction
Remarks Regen furnace equipped with Blasch HexWall installed in 2007. 
- Wall 1: Choke Ring, 9" thick, 8'5" from burner
- Wall 2: Checkerwall, 9" thick, 21'5" from burner
Permits Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Environmental Quality www.deq.state.va.us
Facility ID:
Permit No. Issue Date Expiry Date -
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Pictures Du Pont - James River 2.jpg (109088 bytes) 
General In March of 1946 the DuPont Company bought 8 different tracts of land at the end of Bellwood Road. This purchase comprised a total purchase of ~460 acres. Later, near the end of 1970, DuPont and the Southern Material Company swapped parcels of land. DuPont traded 75 acres of property along the railroad tracks for an area of 99 acres along the James River. Southern Material wanted the 75 acres of land for mining gravel. DuPont, which already owned all the land surrounding the 99 acres, wanted the riverfront property for possible future expansion demands. This exchange of land brought the total amount of land owned by DuPont to a level of 485 acres. In 2001, 75 acres of land were sold for warehouse development.

Construction of the James River Plant began in November 1946 and was completed in August 1947. The construction of this 250-ton-per-day Leonard - Monsanto contact sulfuric acid plant took just under 10 months to complete. The primary purpose of this plant was to supply sulfuric acid to two different areas at the DuPont Spruance Plant. In 2003, a new converter was built which enabled the production to increase to 300 tons per day.

The DuPont Rayon Company, which started production in 1929, and the Cellophane Plant, built in 1930, both needed sulfuric acid for their operations. This material was initially barged up the James River, but within a few years the James River Plant had railcars of sulfuric acid on its way to the Spruance Plant.

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News June 14, 2016 - Veolia North America has signed an agreement to take over Chemours’ Sulfur Products division. This division is a specialist in the recovery of sulfuric acid and gases of the refining process, which are regenerated in clean acid and steam used in wide range of industrial activities. As a tuck-in to Veolia North America’s Industrial Business, Chemours Sulfur Products division is an excellent complement to Veolia’s existing business, and will reinforce its existing recovery and regeneration capabilities and technologies.  Sulfuric acid is one of the most important compounds made by the chemical industry and is used to manufacture hundreds of compounds needed by almost every industry. Natural gas and oil contain sulfur compounds, both organic and hydrogen sulfide, both of which must be removed before they are used as fuels or chemical feedstock.  Through the takeover of Chemour’s Sulfur Products assets for $325 million, Veolia complements its asset base in the regeneration business, and thus the circular economy. This operation includes the following facilities providing regeneration services and sulfur products: 

- Three Sulfuric Acid Recovery units located on refinery sites in Delaware, New Jersey and Texas.

- A merchant Sulfuric Acid Recovery and sulfur product facility in Burnside, Louisiana.

- Four sulfur-based acid production facilities located in the Mid-Atlantic and East Coast.

Veolia will also be able to rely on the inherent technical expertise relating to sulfur through Chemours’ Acid Technology Center, which boasts 18 engineers who exclusively support the Sulfur Products division.  This take-over provides Veolia with a highly differentiated services offering to allow it to move up the value chain with existing refinery customers, along with an opportunity to cross-sell its existing offerings to a new customer base. It also presents growth opportunities within the refinery services sector, and it positions Veolia to capture future demand for clean gasoline related products.  The Sulfur Products assets, with approximately $262 million in revenue in 2015, employs 250 employees at 7 sites across North America. Parties anticipate closing the transaction within the second half of 2016, subject to customary closing conditions and regulatory approvals.

July 1, 2015
- Today 
DuPont announced it has completed the separation of its Performance Chemicals segment through the spin-off of The Chemours Company (Chemours). Chemours begins "regular way" trading today on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) under the symbol "CC".  Today DuPont common stockholders receive one share of common stock of Chemours for every five shares of DuPont common stock they held at5:00 p.m. ET on June 23, 2015DuPont common stockholders will receive cash in lieu of fractional shares of Chemours
"Today's successful spin-off advances DuPont's transformation to a higher growth, higher value, global science and innovation company," said DuPont Chair and Chief Executive Officer Ellen Kullman. "We are now fully focused on markets where our science gives the company a distinct competitive advantage, enabling DuPont to drive higher, more stable growth.  "The next generation DuPont is leaner and more efficient, better able to capitalize on key capabilities that help solve major global challenges and enable our customers to provide plentiful, healthier food; renewably sourced advanced materials; ample energy; better infrastructure and transportation," said Kullman. "As we move forward, we are committed to continuing to execute our strategy to deliver value for shareholders today, while positioning DuPont for a successful future."

MTPD - Metric Tonne per Day           STPD - Short Ton per Day
MTPA - Metric Tonne per Annum      STPA - Short Ton per Annum
SA - Single Absorption
DA - Double Absorption

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