Airgas to build liquid carbon dioxide plant in US


US-based atmospheric gases producer Airgas is planning to establish a new carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant in Houston, US.

The 450 tonnes-per-day plant will replace the company's plant at the Shell refinery complex in Deer Park, Texas, US, which is expected to stop its operations in late 2013.

"The 450 tonnes-per-day plant will replace the company's plant at the Shell refinery complex in Deer Park, Texas, US."

The company said the new plant will integrate many of the existing assets, such as storage tanks, truck loading equipment, scales and analytical equipment from the current Deer Park facility.

In addition, the company's production and distribution personnel at the current Shell location will be relocated to the new facility. Construction work at the new plant is expected to begin shortly and is likely to be completed by the end of 2013.

As part of the signed long-term agreements with Airgas, the affiliates of Denbury Resources will transport and deliver the feedstock of raw carbon dioxide to the new facility.

Airgas carbonic and dry ice division president Phil Filer said with the long-term feedstock agreements, the company will be able to serve customers in the petrochemical industry, as well as the traditional food chilling and beverage carbonation industries.

"We will also be supplying liquid carbon dioxide to our dry ice facility in LaPorte, Texas," Filer added.

Operating 11 liquid carbon dioxide plants and 52 dry ice facilities, the company supplies specialty, industrial and medical gases to chemicals, food processing, food service, beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

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