ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd has been chosen to build the carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery plant for the major project in Ghent, Belgium announced by Messer Group and IJsfabriek Strombeek earlier this year.

The two companies announced in May that they would be investing €15m in the CO2 recovery project with Alco Bio Fuel (ABF), for the latter’s bio-refinery in Ghent.

The plant will recover and purify CO2 gas released during the ethanol fermentation process at the bio-refinery and convert it into a liquid, which can then be re-used in the food and drink industry, in water purification, for refrigerated transport applications, or as a chemical source.

ASCO has now revealed it is the exclusive supplier of a CO2 recovery plant for the project, taking over the installation of the plant on a turnkey basis.

The company noted that the earlier integration of the business divisions for CO2 production and recovery plant construction and dry ice technology of the German Buse Gastek GmbH & Co. KG were significant factors in its ability to carry out the contract.

ASCO Director of Sales & Engineering Plants, Marius Gorczyca, explained, “Thanks to this merger, we were able to pool our strengths efficiently and expand our combined know-how as well as our product portfolio. Especially in the complex field of CO2 recovery, we can now meet the growing economic and environmental customer needs with innovative solutions.”

“Also, we are able to realise such large-scale projects with capacities of over 100,000 tonnes of CO2 recovery per year.”


Gorczyca (pictured) acknowledged that there is an increasing trend for CO2 recovery projects; ASCO itself announced only last month (July) that it had installed a new 360 tonnes per day (tpd) recovery plant in the Caucases region for a methanol producer.


“The trend is clearly more and more towards CO2 recovery from already existing stack gas or natural sources, not least because of the environmental benefits like a reduced CO2 emission,” he said. “Of course, economical factors such as lower operating and production costs and an independence of external CO2 suppliers play a crucial role for companies as well.”

“…companies are becoming more and more aware of the possibilities to recover CO2 from various sources rather than to produce it themselves – even in third world and emerging markets. This rethinking process is definitely an important step in the right direction in order to effectively reduce CO2 emissions.”

“Companies are becoming less able to deny the idea and importance of sustainability,” Gorczyca added.

The new plant in the port of Ghent will be operational during the summer of 2016, processing no less than 100,000 tonnes of green CO2 each year.