The gases industry in Asia welcomes a new player to the stage, as India Glycols Limited introduces itself as a reliable supplier of gases, including beverage grade liquid CO2.

So competitive is the company’s offering that it has already secured an initial two year agreement to supply high quality carbon dioxide (CO2) to Coca Cola India Inc.

India Glycols Limited is a leading manufacturer of ethylene glycols, glycol ethers, acetate, ethoxylates, performance chemicals, and petrochemicals in India and boasts a turnover of 1500 crores.

However, the company is also carving a path into the industrial gases market in India and plans to expand its gas operations further still.

With manufacturing facilities located at Kashipur, Uttarakhand (250km from Delhi) and Gorakhpur, India Glycols already has an impressive production portfolio. With distilleries running throughout the year, the company produces not only chemicals and other such products, but also gases.

Having purchased an ASU from Praxair Inc., the firm is now producing around 2400 mtpa of liquid oxygen, 1600 mtpa of liquid nitrogen, and 3300 mtpa of liquid argon.

In addition, India Glycols has established two beverage grade liquid CO2 plants at Kashipur and Gorakhpur, with purity level of 99.99%.

gasworld also understands that the company has won an initial two year contract with the Indian branch office of soft drinks giant Coca-Cola, for the supply of CO2.

Meeting The Coca-Cola Company (TCCC) specification, Coca-Cola India Inc. confirmed that India Glycols had been granted full authorisation to supply CO2 to the company’s bottlers in India, Bhutan and Nepal.

Although initially handed a two year authorisation, a it’s thought that the deal will be reviewed following on-site assessments and independent analysis of specification parameters.

India Glycols is clearly capable of meeting such supply contract demands, following the commissioning of its Kashipur and Gorkhpur liquid CO2 plants in May and July this year (2008).

With CO2 production capacity of 29200 mtpa at each plant, a total installed capacity of 58400 mtpa is operating and the state-of-the-art facilities process food grade CO2 without the use of chemicals for purification.

CO2 is purified using washing and adsorption methods, while the company has a total storage capacity of 440 mt (220 mt at each location) and can expand this further to 600 mt. Furthermore, a large fleet of mobile tankers at both locations also provides ‘door step’ delivery of liquid CO2 to customers, the company told gasworld.