Univar unveils Blanquefort refurb

Global chemical distributor Univar has announced today that its Blanquefort site in France is about to become fully operational again following an extensive £1.6 million (€2m) refurbishment.

The 18,000m2 site is used to store, package and distribute products, with a focus on minerals, solvents and speciality chemicals.

Following a fire in November 2009 that damaged some of the facility’s storage tanks, Univar embarked on a renovation plan to restore full functionality to the site.

“Safety has always been a top priority for Univar, both on and off-site, and our customers, suppliers and staff expect the highest standards from us,” says Nicolas Lehmann, Univar’s regional vice president EMEA, South. “The refurbished Blanquefort site is a clear demonstration of our commitment to safety and our willingness to invest in raising the bar for our industry.”

All storage tanks have been segregated into compartments of four, with each compartment segregated by fire-resistant walls. In addition, all heated tanks have been upgraded to stainless steel and the tank farm fully automated, with computer-controlled telemetric tanks, valves and pumps.

The site will be fully operational in early December.

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