BOC has opened its new $40m carbon dioxide (CO2) capture and purification plant at Refining NZ’s Marsden Point oil refinery, in New Zealand.

Underpinned by an agreement of more than 15 years with Refining NZ, which is the countries only oil refinery, BOC will purify the CO2 by-product from the oil refining process into food-grade CO2 at its processing plant.

The Tier One company originally started work on the new factory, which can purify up to 50,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, back in June 2014.

Colin Isaac, BOC South Pacific Managing Director, highlighted, “This new plant has significantly increased our CO2 capture and purification capability and storage capacity in New Zealand, allowing us to meet future increases in CO2 demand and providing reliability of supply to large volumes of CO2 to customers in high consumption industries such as the major dairy export market.”

“BOC has operated in New Zealand for more than 100 years and understands the importance of investing in local partnerships and infrastructure to ensure we meet the needs of our customers long into the future. This new plant demonstrates a strong commitment from BOC and our long-term partner Refining NZ to deliver innovative solutions that supports growth in the New Zealand economy.”

The new plant will boost national gas supplies and will significantly increase long-term CO2 reliability and supply for New Zealand productions, namely in the food processing and beverage industries.

Boc co2 nz plant ribbon cutting

L-R: Rt Hon. Winston Peters, Sjoerd Post (CEO Refining NZ), Dr Shane Reti MP, Hon. David Parker, Colin Isaac (MD BOC Limited)