Veolia celebrates 50 years at Burnside plant, announces plans to expand capabilities

Halen Doughty
A man walks with a clipboard at the Burnside plant.

Veolia North American celebrates 50 years in business at the Burnside facility in Ascension Parish. The Burnside facility transforms spent sulfuric acid into a reusable and sustainable resource for the oil and gas industry. It's a process known as sulfuric acid regeneration.

This major milestone is a testament to the dedication of management and staff that have safely provided high quality merchant sulfuric acid regeneration services, advanced improvements to the facility and supported the local community over the last half century,” said Steve Hopper, president and COO, Industrial Water and Regeneration Services for Veolia North America.

Located in Darrow, the Burnside plant is Veolia's largest hybrid sulfur burning facility capable of handling both fuming and non-fuming acids. Sulfur is one of the most widely used and reused resources in the world. The Darrow plant is one of seven Veolia facilities in the country that provides a range of sulfur-related products and services.

The 25-acre facility in Darrow has been in continuous operation for 50 years. The plant employs more than 50 on-site employees and resident contractors. Fifteen to twenty-five truckloads of sulfuric acid are shipped out of the facility every day, and product testing is conducted on-site at the state-of-the-art laboratory at the plant.

The dedication to safety and our customers has enabled this plant to flourish for the last half century.” said Joseph A. DeBiaso, Jr. Plant Manager.

The Burnside facility has been continuously upgraded since its construction in 1967. It's also been recognized by the local community and the state for its strong safety and environmental compliance records.

In its 50th year, Veolia plans to expand the SAR capabilities in anticipation of market and customer needs. The company announced a meaningful investment for a new "debottlenecking" project at the Burnside facility. The project will increase spent sulfuric acid regeneration capacity by 15 percent annually and is expected to be completed during the fall 2018 turnaround. President and CEO Bill DiCroce said this is an important step forward in growing the plant's Regeneration Services capabilities.

The debottlenecking project at Burnside will address some of the equipment, process and system design issues that limit our current capacity – and improve our overall market position and reliability," said DiCroce, "It will offer a real solution for refiners’ additional spent acid regeneration requirements, and demonstrates our lasting commitment to their business.”

Refiners today are pushing the current acid regeneration circuit to nearly 100 percent capacity because of spiking demand. By adding capacity through this expansion project, Veolia is supporting its customers' growth requirements as well as positioning itself for further growth.

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