US Airgas to build liquid carbon dioxide plant in Houston area

13 February 2013 22:27  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Airgas announced on Wednesday plans to build a 450 ton/day liquid carbon dioxide plant in the greater Houston, Texas, area.

The plant will replace the company’s plant at the Shell refinery in Deer Park, Texas, that is expected to close in late 2013, Airgas said in a press release.

Construction will begin shortly on the carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant, with completion expected by this fall, the company said.

Airgas has made long-term agreements with affiliates of Denbury Resources to transport and deliver feedstock of raw carbon dioxide to the new plant.

"The construction of this facility represents Airgas' commitment to this very important and strategic market," said Phil Filer, president of the Radnor, Pennsylvania-based company’s Carbonic and Airgas Dry Ice division. "With our long-term feedstock agreements, we will be able to serve existing and secure new carbon dioxide customers in the petrochemical industry, as well as the traditional food chilling and beverage carbonation industries.”

Filer said the new Airgas plant will repurpose many of the existing assets from the current Deer Park facility, and that Airgas production and distribution personnel at the current Shell location will all be relocated to the new facility.

Airgas currently operates 11 liquid carbon dioxide plants and 52 dry ice facilities supplying customers in the chemicals, food processing, food service, beverage, pharmaceutical and biotech industries.

By: Jeremy Pafford
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