Air Liquide US has revealed developments to its operations in California, with a new carbon dioxide liquefaction plant in the central valley and the expansion of its Wilmington carbon dioxide plant.

The new 450 tonne plant in Tulare County joins Air Liquide’s five other industrial gas liquefaction plants in California and will capture carbon dioxide gases from an ethanol plant owned by Calgren Renewable Fuels.

The carbon dioxide recovered will then be purified and liquefied by Air Liquide to meet beverage grade specifications for the diverse food, beverage and manufacturing industries in the region.

Expected to be operational by the end of 2013, the facility will serve Air Liquide customers in the central valley and the Los Angeles basin.

Meanwhile, Air Liquide has also expanded its Wilmington carbon dioxide plant, increasing plant capacity and storage – and improving service to the southern California market, where demand is largely driven by growth in the food and beverage industry.