By Liz White, UT editorAccrington, UK-Baxenden Chemicals Ltd has spent over £1 million ($1.9 million) to install a new reactor venting system at its Accrington site. The installation, which followed an assessment of site arrangements for pressure relief, is designed to safely relieve over-pressurisation in the reactor. Features include reactor relief vents, new catch tanks with cyclonic separators and a vent cooler with a dispersion stack, said a 6 Nov statement from Baxenden.
The two-year project, monitored by the UK's Health and Safety Executive (HSE), followed a study on exothermic reaction hazards, intended to ensure that the reactors were safe both for existing and new processes, Baxenden's statement explained. The UK polyurethane materials supplier said it "continues to invest in upgrading its facilities to improve product quality, safety and efficiency." Baxenden added that is currently working on improving reactor instrumentation and data acquisition.
As a result of changing legislation Baxenden became a top tier site COMAH (Control of Major Accident Hazards) site in 2005 and has submitted a detailed safety case document to the HSE.
Baxenden Chemicals describes itself as an established presence in the urethane chemicals market, with innovative products for the PU sector. The company also manufactures polyesters, acrylic polymers, acrylic emulsions and other speciality chemicals.
Pic: The new venting system on Baxenden's Accrington reactor cost over £1 milllion."