Industrial gas supplier Gaschema is at the final stage of installing a new carbon dioxide (CO2) production line in Achema Fertilisers plant in Jonava, Lithuania.
More than €4m ($4.9m) expansion investment will add a second food-grade recovery and purification line and expand CO2 storage capacity up to 1000 tonnes.
Under this new investment, Gaschema CO2 liquefaction and purification lines will reach a total production capacity of 200 tonnes per day – a potential recovery of 70,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum.
The addition will also allow to cover the growing demand for pure liquid CO2 across the Baltic’s, Belarus, Russia, Ukraine and Poland. The site is scheduled to start operations in July 2018.
This latest development seeks to strengthen Gaschema position as the largest producer and supplier of liquid CO2 and dry ice in the Baltic’s, the company explained in a statement.
“This additional production volume and enlarged storage capacity will allow us to cover liquid CO2 peaks during warm seasons and expand our export quantities,” confirmed General Manager Valdemaras Vareika.
He added, “The CO2 production process is certified according to the requirements of International Food Safety Management Standards FSSC 22000. We also received approach and authorisations during Coca-Cola, PepsiCo audits.”
Achema runs two ammonia production plants and is the exclusive supplier of raw CO2 gas to Gaschema.