DALLAS & NARROWS, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Celanese Corporation (NYSE: CE), a global technology and specialty materials company, today announced it has completed the conversion of its Narrows, Va., operation to natural gas-fired boilers. Celanese invested $150 million to replace its coal-fired boilers with natural gas to generate the steam needed to run the plant’s electrical generators and processes.
“The completion of this project is a concrete example of our commitment to carrying out two important Celanese core values – Being Sustainable and Improving the World,” said Jon Mortimer, vice president of Manufacturing & Capital Projects, Celanese. “This is a milestone in Celanese’s continued growth and an opportunity for us to do our part to create a cleaner environment for the communities where we operate.”
“Celanese’s investment in its Narrows, Virginia, plant speaks volumes to the commitment the company has made to improve the well-being of the people of Giles County,” said Congressman Morgan Griffith (R-VA). “This project has impacted the State of Virginia and its residents in many positive ways, particularly by creating new job opportunities.”
“Improving the power system at the Narrows, Virginia, plant is both a smart business decision and is good for the environment,” said Jean Lupinacci, acting director of the EPA’s Climate Protection Partnerships Division and ENERGY STAR program. “These upgrades, along with Celanese’s application of ENERGY STAR energy management resources, place the company firmly on the path to continuously improving its energy management system.”
The Celanese Narrows plant has been in operation for 75 years. Celanese’s boiler equipment conversion project provided more than 300 jobs in Giles County during the duration of the project as well as the continued support of more than 1,000 existing jobs. The plant is one of the world’s largest producers of cellulose acetate tow, a natural and environmentally friendly product that is used for filtration applications.
Celanese Corporation is a global technology leader in the production of differentiated chemistry solutions and specialty materials used in most major industries and consumer applications. With sales almost equally divided between North America, Europe and Asia, the company uses the full breadth of its global chemistry, technology and business expertise to create value for customers and the corporation. Celanese partners with customers to solve their most critical needs while making a positive impact on its communities and the world. Based in Dallas, Texas, Celanese employs approximately 7,500 employees worldwide and had 2014 net sales of $6.8 billion. For more information about Celanese Corporation and its product offerings, visit www.celanese.com or our blog at www.celaneseblog.com.
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