16 May 2007 12:23 [Source: ICIS news]
JOHANNESBURG (ICIS news)--French gas supplier Air Liquide is to invest more than rand (R) 15m ($2.2m/€1.6m) in a new unit for food grade CO2 recovery and purification in the ?xml:namespace>
The country has been experiencing a year-long shortage of the gas due to maintenance issues at primary refineries that have affected the food and beverage industries.
Alain Larousse, CEO of Air Liquide Southern Africa, said the unit was planned to be operational by the end of 2007. The company has signed a letter of intent and is in the process of signing the final contract.
The new plant will complement the existing Air Liquide unit at
It will be built within an 80 kilometre radius of
Total capacity would be 25 tonnes/day, with an average output of about 15 tonnes, Larousse said.
The existing plant has a 20 tonnes/day capacity with an average 16 tonnes/day output.
The new unit will be an alternative source of food grade CO2 for the region which experiences seasonal upswings in demand as
Larousse said that the reason for the shortage of food grade CO2 in
“Our strategy is to announce new sources of food grade CO2 recovery and purification in
This would increase competition in the market, he added.
($1 = R6.92)
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