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Swiss multinational opens chemical plants in Angola

Clariant Oil Services opened two factories in Angola. The units, which opened their doors this month, are located in Soyo and Viana.


"Clariant, the world leader in specialty chemicals, has expanded its commitment to Africa with two recent installations in Angola," reads a note posted on the company's website.

The Swiss multinational says that these recent factories will bring "a wide range of technical and operational capabilities to the region".

Just this month, the Soyo plant "supplied the first chemical directly to offshore customers", marking a milestone for Clariant's deepwater operations in Africa.

According to the statement, the unit was installed at the Kwanza base, next to Soyo, located at the mouth of the Congo River, on Kwanda Island, "a place designed to provide logistical support for oil and gas operations".

According to the note, the complex was installed in an area of ​​3,400 square meters and includes offices, a laboratory and a warehouse with decanting and filtering equipment, and it is estimated that "the processing capacity will reach 1000 tons per month".

The note also notes that, in order to meet the quality control requirements for supplying chemical products, the laboratory was equipped with "all conventional methodologies, in addition to the latest generation infrared spectroscopy".

Thus, these resources will help in the "efficient sourcing of chemicals for subsea applications and will make it possible to meet all testing requirements".

Also according to the statement, the Soyo factory was preceded by a complex of warehouses and laboratories in Viana, which was "commissioned and designed to support the expansion of business in the oil and gas industry in Angola".

"Onsite technical capabilities include equipment to test demulsifiers, desoilers, oil and other oil-related products," the note reads.

Regarding quality control, the laboratory is able to calculate appearance, pH, specific gravity, viscosity, FT-IR fingerprint, particle count and non-volatile residues, among others.

Cited in the statement, Mark Swift, head of oil services in Africa, said that in recent years they have significantly increased their "operational presence and capabilities in Angola".

"We now have people on site and facilities to meet our customers' needs," he said, adding that "in combination with our experience and production capacity, this infrastructure will pave the way for further investments in the future."

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