Orion Breaks Ground on Battery Materials Plant in Texas

10.04.2024 - Specialty chemicals company Orion, a producer of carbon black, broke ground on a battery materials plant in Texas, US. According to Orion, the facility will be the only one in the US producing acetylene-based conductive additives for lithium-ion batteries and other applications for the growing electrification.

Conductive additives enable a more efficient flow of electricity and extend the lifetime of lithium-ion batteries. The material also plays an essential role in high-voltage cables used for wind and solar farms.

The battery additives produced at the site in La Porte, southeast of Houston, will have only one-tenth of the carbon footprint of other commonly used materials, Orion claims. The acetylene for the additives produced at La Porte will be supplied by a neighboring site owned by Equistar Chemicals, a subsidiary of LyondellBasell.

Orion CEO Corning Painter said: “Our plant in La Porte will be a pivotal step toward strengthening the regional supply of conductive additives in the rapidly growing US battery market.”

According to Orion, key equipment procurement and off-site fabrication for the Pa Porte project are already at an advanced stage and start-up is expected in the second quarter of 2025.


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