Groupe Alkaline, world leader in the sodium metal production, affiliate abrunch of Nippon Soda Group, and Groupe Sica Atlantique have created a joint venture: EnviroCat Atlantique.
Each company kept its own skills and core business, and together built and are now running a Sodium Methylate production plant. This produces sodium methylate in a methanol solution, the catalyst required for the Biodiesel industry.
We have developed and implemented a mercury-free process using sodium in metal form. This is the first production plant of its kind in Europe. Other European sodium methylate producer use a mercury process and blow into the air over 50 kilos of mercury each year.
Our net Sodium Methylate production can reach 25.000t/year.
Together with two other partners, Sica Atlantique runs a farm in Madagascar that produces alongside industrial production, food crops for the local farmworkers.
This project, part of our sustainable development program, plays the role of a teaching farm for the Madagascan workers and their families. We aim to reach 20.000 ha.