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Clariant expands its team in Podari
  • Clariant partners with the University of Craiova for the training courses for its local workforce in Romania
  • The new staff members also received intensive training at Clariant’s precommercial plant in Straubing, Germany
  • The construction of the sunliquid® plant is advancing well with the first large equipment already being installed

Podari, October 22, 2020 – Clariant, a focused, sustainable and innovative specialty chemical company, continues with the recruitment of future specialists for the sunliquid® cellulosic ethanol plant in Podari, Dolj county.

The local Clariant team is expanding rapidly. Recently, 11 new employees joined the production team, four of them as team leaders that will coordinate the plant production processes in the future. In total, the local Clariant team consists now of 26 people.

The new staff members started their training at the precommercial sunliquid® plant in Straubing, Germany, and have followed an intensive training program in the past few months. In addition, another part of the training process takes place in Romania in collaboration with the University of Craiova, an important and renowned educational center in the region that offers high-level training and, therefore, contributes to the development of a highly qualified workforce. Within the partnership with the University of Craiova, Clariant’s new team members are involved in various projects and benefit from advanced courses in English, Chemistry, and Information Technology (IT).

“The sunliquid® project in Podari is advancing, not only in terms of recruiting and training new staff members but also in terms of the ongoing construction works. On the construction site, several milestones have already been reached, such as the completion of the foundations, as well as the installation of the first large equipment. We are excited that our local team continues to grow with 11 new colleagues on board that benefit from a comprehensive training program in Romania and in Germany. We are constantly progressing in the construction, contributing to the development of the local economy and community”, said Dragoş Gavriluţă, Project Director sunliquid® Romania.

Once operational, the plant will process approx. 250.000 tons of straw and will produce 50.000 tons of cellulosic ethanol. Cellulosic ethanol is an advanced, truly sustainable and carbon-neutral biofuel that can readily be used in today’s existing car infrastructure.

The sunliquid® plant is constructed on a 98.000 sqm area observing the highest technological standards while paying close attention to the comfort and life of the local community. The civil constructor is a Romanian company, and the construction works will involve a team of up to 800 workers in the peak phase. Clariant is making good progress with the construction. The construction completion is expected in 2021 and thereafter start-up and production.





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