Messer plans to build a liquefaction plant for carbon dioxide with an initial capacity of 70 metric tonnes per day, which will rise to 200 tonnes per day in the future. The plant will be delivered and built by ASCO Carbon Dioxide Ltd, an affiliate to Messer Group.
In a statement released by Messer, the company commented, “The new CO₂ investment project represents a further expansion of Messer’s activities in Vietnam and will give potential investors in Vietnam access to a secure and long-term supply of carbon dioxide.”
Messer has enjoyed operating in Vietnam since 1997 and today employs around 300 staff across both the North and South of the region. Construction of the bioethanol plant in Binh Phuoc forms part of the biofuel development programme adopted by the Vietnamese government in November 2007.
The plant is expected to be completed over the forthcoming 21 months and will have an annual raw material requirement of 240,000 metric tonnes of cassava for a production capacity of 100 million litres of bioethanol.