Air Liquide (www.airliquide.com) will invest around EUR 10 million in Australia in a carbon dioxide recovery unit. The Australian market for carbon dioxide utilizes about 200,000 tons per year (tpy). The market for CO2 has been growing by four percent annually, driven by food and water treatment segments. 

Air Liquide’s new Austrialian unit, based in the Gippsland region of Victoria, will re-use up to 69,000 tons of CO2 from the BassGas natural gas plant and be commissioned in 2010. The CO2 recovered will be purified, liquefied, and recycled for commercial use instead of being directly released into the atmosphere.

In Europe, CO2 applications use three million tons per year of CO2. This market has been growing by three percent annually. Air Liquide is investing about EUR 20 million in two new carbon dioxide recovery units to support this growth, with a unit in Bazancourt, France and one in Rozenburg, the Netherlands.

The Bazancourt unit, to be commissioned at the end of 2009, will recover 120,000 tpy of CO2. The Rozenburg unit, scheduled for commissioning in the first half of 2010, will recover 50,000 tpy of carbon dioxide and will support the growing greenhouse cultivation market in the Netherlands. (See related story “Cogeneration and Greenhouse Power,” CGI, November 2008, p. 16.) 

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