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TIMAB MAGNESIUM and NEDMAG Announced Strategic Partnership for Marine Gas Scrubber Systems

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

In March 2019, the magnesium producers TIMAB MAGNESIUM/FR and NEDMAG/NL have announced a strategic partnership for development and commercialization of magnesium hydroxide in marine gas scrubber systems.

Since January 2015, regulations over sulphur oxides (SOx) emission from the marine industry have been significantly tightened, in Sulphur Emission Control Area especially. A new set of regulations will come into force on 1 January 2020, governing all oceans and seas of the globe. Among the technical alternatives available to the maritime industry to face this en­vir­onmental challenge, marine gas scrubber systems are due to play a prominent role by dramatically reducing SOx content in vessels’ exhaust. Ahead of this transformation of the maritime industry, NEDMAG and TIMAB MAGNESIUM have jointly developed an innovative magnesium hydroxide product called MH53S Mare with the objective of offer vessels’ owners, operators and their crews the best alkali source for their scrubber oper­ations. MH53S Mare combines a very effective and safe alkali power with extremely high purity and best-in-class stability properties. Contrary to alternative alkali sources, MH53S Mare is a non-hazardous material, which contributes positively to crew safety. Production capacity at NEDMAG has already been doubled in 2018, with an additional expansion planned to support the industry’s growing demand.
In the framework of this partnership, TIMAB MAGNESIUM handles the distribution of MH53S Mare to the maritime industry, with NEDMAG offering its expertise supporting the development of this environmentally friendly solution from a technical point of view.