Three major projects celebrated at the Kem One site in Fos-sur-Mer


On 19 September 2023, the Kem One industrial site at Fos-sur-Mer brought together 400 employees, partners and local authorities to celebrate three major projects.

On Tuesday 19 September, Kem One's industrial site at Fos-sur-Mer celebrated the inauguration of its ethylene storage tank, the worksite for its future membrane electrolysis unit, and the inauguration of the Alcor, one of its two hybrid-powered barges. These 3 projects brought together the company's employees and partners, as well as the local authorities of the Southern Region. With strategic investments in progress or already completed, totalling more than €200 million, the Fos-sur-Mer site is the focus of major projects undertaken by Kem One in recent years. This dynamic is part of the company's commitment to decarbonising its activities while improving its industrial performance.

Kem One employees visit the ethylene storage tank

"These 3 projects are fully in line with the company's current project, which aims to make Kem One a resilient, diversified international player and a global benchmark in the vinyls sector in terms of carbon emissions."Paolo Barbieri, Chief Executive Officer of Kem One

Bus tour to discover the current site of the future membrane electrolysis plant.

The 2nd largest decarbonisation project underway in the Southern Region, the technological conversion of the electrolysis unit at the Fos-sur-Mer site will help to make Kem One a global benchmark in the vinyls sector in terms of reducing carbon emissions. The new unit will be commissioned in 2024.

"These projects demonstrate the company's determination to put down roots, and send a signal to the region that it is committed to the energy transition," says Christophe Mirmand, Regional Prefect.

Christening of the Alcor by Mrs Laurence Borie-Bancel, President of the CNR

The Alcor and Mizar, Kem One's hybrid-powered barges, embody the company's commitment to more environmentally-friendly logistics.  Kem One is the first shipper on the Rhône to comply with the new European standards on pollutant emissions from inland waterway transport (EMNR stage V). As a result, more than 2,000 tonnes of CO2 are avoided every year.

Committed to the energy transition

These projects demonstrate Kem One's commitment to energy transition and sustainable development, and send a strong message to the regional community and the area. These three major projects are helping to strengthen Kem One's resilience in the face of market fluctuations, particularly with regard to ethylene supply and energy costs. They are also improving the company's performance and reliability by increasing product availability and modernising equipment.

Paolo Barbieri, Managing Director of Kem One, Christophe Mirmand, Regional Prefect, Anne Claudius-Petit, representative of the President of the South Region and René Raimondi, Mayor of Fos-sur-Mer, on 19 September.