Union Engineering’s latest CO2 capture plant in Brazil, a Built-Operate-Transfer contract between Coca-Cola and Air Liquide, signifies a sustainable ‘stronghold’ in the South American region.

The project combines on-site production of both power and CO2. The CO2 from the exhaust gas is captured and purified to a purity level exceeding the highest beverage grade requirements. Meanwhile, the on-site nature of production makes the end-user independent and self-sufficient.

Marcelo Fioranelli, Manager Director of Air Liquide Brazil, comments, “This project gives Air Liquide a stronghold in Minas Gerais as a part of our expansion in the region. The CO2 solution chosen matches our corporate vision of delivering innovative technologies and sustainable solutions.”

In combination with Union’s latest plant, Air Liquide has signed a long term agreement with Coca-Cola FEMSA for the supply of carbon dioxide, nitrogen and compressed dry air as well as electric power, steam and chilled water for its new bottling plant in Itabirito.The agreement, based on a BOT contract, offers the advantages of long-term cooperation, reliability in supply and reduced logistic costs.

The combination of On-Site power and CO2 production is an intelligent solution that supports both companies’ responsibility and concern in terms of carbon foot print. The CO2 capture technology guarantees the lowest possible energy demand per ton of CO2 captured.

In addition to the reduction in CO2 emission, the plant also reduces emission of another critical exhaust gas pollutant, namely nitrogen oxides. All in all On-Site production of CO2 from by-products and over-the-fence supply eliminates the need for road transport between the production site and end-user again benefitting the environment.

Luciano Engel, Sales Manager for Union Engineering in Latin America, explains, “We see an increased demand for sustainable CO2 plants in our area. This carbon capture technology ensures the customer the CO2 needed, in a market with carbon dioxide shortage. An important feature of the plant is a design that saves up to 75% of water consumption compared to similar installations. Being located in an area with scares water resources this was very important.”

“This is the second on-site carbon capture plant Union has sold to Air Liquide Brazil. Globally Union Engineering has installed several plants with the on-site technology and the demand is still increasing.”

The news from Union Engineering comes at a time when this month’s Gastech conference went green and shifted its’ focus on the final day to carbon capture.

In a rare feat for energy conferences, Gastech brought together a panel of visionaries within climate change to address the audience of oil and gas industry professionals to discuss the developing area of carbon capture and greener fuels.