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Acid Plant Database  July 6, 2015

Owner General Chemical Corporation

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Location 8579 North Texas Road
Anacortes, Washington
USA 98221
Background Formerly
- Allied Chemical Corporation
- Allied Corporation
January 23, 2014 - General Chemical Acquired by Chemtrade
Website www.genchemcorp.com
Plant Anacortes Works
No. 1 Acid Plant No. 2 Acid Plant No. 3 Acid Plant
Coordinates  48° 28' 45" N, 122° 33' 29" W   48° 28' 46.5" N, 122° 33' 29" W  48° 28' 48" N, 122° 33' 28" W
Type of Plant Acid Regeneration Acid Regeneration Acid Regeneration
Gas Source  Alkylation Spent Acid  Alkylation Spent Acid  Alkylation Spent Acid
Gas Cleaning Decomposition Chamber - Combustion Air Heater - Gas Cooling Tower - WESP Decomposition Chamber - Combustion Air Heater - Gas Cooling Tower - WESP Decomposition Chamber - Combustion Air Heater - Gas Cooling Tower - WESP
Plant Capacity Combined Maximum of 566 STPD
SA/DA SA with abatement unit SA with abatement unit SA with abatement unit

SO2: 149 ton/a
NOx: 4.32 ton/a
Acid Mist: 6.93 ton/a
Opacity: < 10%

Status  Operating Operating Operating
Year Built 1957 1964 1975
Technology Ralph M. Parsons Ralph M. Parsons Ralph M. Parsons
Contractor Ralph M. Parsons Ralph M. Parsons Ralph M. Parsons
Remarks The tail gas from the three acid plants is directed to two Abatement Units Nos. 10 and 11.  The purpose of each of these units is to process the gases from the acid plant in order to meet emission requirements and to improve the overall efficiency of the plant.  Each of the abatement units consists of a natural gas-fired heater, a two-stage catalytic converter and an absorption tower.

- 99% Sulphuric Acid
- 93% Sulphuric Acid
- 30% Sulphuric Acid
- Electrolytic Grade Sulphuric Acid

Permit State of Washington, Northwest Air Pollution Authority
Facility ID:
Permit No. Issue Date Expiry Date Details
009 March 18, 2002 March 18, 2007 -
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News On January 23, 2014, General Chemical was acquired by Chemtrade Logistics Income Fund (“Chemtrade”), a Canadian provider of industrial chemicals and services to customers in North America and around the world. The operations of General Chemical and Chemtrade will be integrated during early 2014 and an updated website reflecting the new Chemtrade will be launched.  In the meantime the existing websites will be maintained. 

October 29, 2009
- American Securities LLC, a New York-based private equity firm, today announces that it has completed its acquisition of GenTek, Inc., a Parsippany, New Jersey-based provider of specialty inorganic chemical products and valve actuation systems and components for automotive and heavy duty/commercial engines. Equity was provided by American Securities Partners V, L.P., a $2.3 billion private equity partnership.
GenTek operates through two business segments: performance chemicals and valve actuation systems. The performance chemicals segment provides: (1) water treatment products, primarily used by municipalities, (2) various grades of sulfuric acid as well as sulfuric acid regeneration services for the refining and chemical industries, (3) ingredients used in prescription pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements and veterinary health products, and (4) high purity electronic chemicals. The valve actuation segment provides performance-critical valve train components for a full range of gas and diesel engines. GenTek operates over 50 manufacturing facilities and technical centers and has approximately 1,100 employees.
In commenting on the transaction, Matthew F. LeBaron, a managing director of American Securities, said, “We are delighted to have closed this investment and to begin our partnership with GenTek’s management team. GenTek's specialty chemicals business has a leading position in the markets it serves, and its automotive valve business is well-positioned to grow. We are looking forward to working with GenTek's management team to continue to build the business.”
William E. Redmond, Jr., GenTek’s Chief Executive Officer, said, “We are pleased to have completed this transaction with American Securities and look forward to the next stage of GenTek’s development. We are excited to continue to grow and improve our company with American Securities’ support.”

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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