Linde North America has announced the start-up of its new carbon dioxide (CO2) plant in Fort Worth, Texas.

The 250 tonne-per-day plant is supplying CO2 for food and beverage producers, chemical manufactures as well as a variety of industrial companies in Texas.

This project represents yet another Linde investment in Texas, where the company recently started up a large air separation unit (ASU) and is adding new neon production capacity to meet growing customer demand.

Pat Murphy, President, Linde Americas, said, “We are proud to bring this new plant online as part of Linde’s continued commitment to meet customer needs in the Americas.”

“This new plant enhances our ability to provide a reliable supply of CO2 to a variety of expanding markets in Texas, including food, beverage and chemicals. The plant has the capacity to satisfy our customers’ short- and long-term requirements.” Murphy added.

The plant design includes sophisticated technology for both quality and energy efficiency. It is designed to capture CO2 emissions from a by-product source that would otherwise be vented into the atmosphere. Linde purifies and liquefies the CO2 for delivery to customers.

Linde recently announced plans for a new neon recovery unit in La Porte that will add 40 million litres annually to Linde’s neon supply, primarily to support customers in the semiconductor lithography and laser vision correction markets. This plant is part of a $250 million investment in La Porte for a state-of-the-art air separation unit (ASU) that also includes a gasification train and supporting equipment and facilities.

Toby Pimlott, Research Analyst, commented, “Linde is currently the fourth largest company in the region, commanding a market share of 13%. However, should the merger with Praxair go ahead, the newly created company would almost certainly become the new market leader, even after any potential divestments. This new plant is the first example of Linde bringing a CO2 plant on-stream in the South West since 2005. On the whole the CO2 market in the region accounts for roughly 12% of total industrial gas revenues.”