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Crews work to complete Kraton improvements

Crews work to complete Kraton improvements

Photo by Michele Newbanks Dirt is being removed as part of a stormwater project at Kraton in Belpre.

BELPRE — Crews were busy Monday working on the last part of a multi-year project to enhance how Kraton handles stormwater.

Scott Haverty, Kraton’s manager of capital projects, said primarily, the project is infrastructure on the south side of the plant.

It isn’t the only work being done at the plant, which creates polymers used in a wide array of applications, including adhesives, coatings, consumer and personal care products, sealants and lubricants, medical, packaging, automotive, paving and roofing applications, according to the company’s global website.

“As part of the Belpre strategic energy project is 16 megawatts of power generation,” Haverty said. “It lets us achieve about 99 percent of our sustainability goals.”

Kraton’s website notes their ambition is to reduce greenhouse gas emission by 25 percent by 2030.

“The biggest part of construction will happen next year and we’ll start facilities up in 2022,” Haverty noted.

“It’s eight years ahead of the sustainability goals for 2030.”

He added in 2015, they started natural gas boilers that produce up to 8 megawatts of steam and electricity for the site.

“It does have some decent payback for us,” he said of the global goals on the local facility. “The key is meeting our sustainability goals corporately.”

Kraton is also continuing to invest in the plant infrastructure and expansions to keep the site going.

“For Belpre, Kraton spends about 25 to 30 percent of the capital expenditure, so it’s quite a bit of money invested in the plant,” Haverty explained.

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

At a Glance

• Infrastructure improvements continue at Kraton Corp.

• Strategic energy project construction will continue through 2021.

• Project will let plant achieve about 99 percent of sustainability goals.

Source: Scott Haverty.

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