Industrial gases specialist Messer has commissioned a new CO₂ liquefaction plant with an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide.
The works will be situated on the site of the British company Ineos Oxide in Zwijndrecht near Antwerp, Belgium.
The new facility will be operated jointly between The Messer Group and the Belgian company Ijsfabriek Strombeek, under the name ‘bECO₂’; with a division of 70% and 30% respectively. The sum investment in ‘bECO₂’ reaches €17 m.
Development of the plant is designed to have a positive impact on the environment. The works aims to recycle industrial waste gas at a rate of 20 tons of CO₂ per hour.
For example, situations in which ethylene oxide is produced and carbon dioxide is a by-product, the discharged CO₂ is recovered into a 'green gas' which does not impact the environment.
Two-thirds of the facility’s capacity will supply carbonic acid, dry ice or gaseous and liquid carbon dioxide to customers in the food and beverage, manufacturing and water industries. The remaining third will be sold to Ijsfabriek Strombeek.