CO2 shortage continues in Mexico


One month on from the news Mexico was the latest country to be hit by the carbon dioxide (CO2) supply shortage, gasworld understands there’s been little improvement.

The problem, described as “significant”, is in part borne out of similar issues experienced in Europe – a problem with the ammonia plants and production reliability – which is the main source of CO2 in Mexico. However, the difference here is the cost and reliability of natural gas supplies to the ammonia plants.

All such source plants are state owned and operated by oil company Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex). On the supply of CO2 to the merchant market, virtually all of the liquid is a by-product of the hydrocarbon industry, including ammonia, reformer, and ethylene oxide, for example.

According to sources, the companies affected are mainly the gas companies such as Praxair, Linde and Infra Group (Air Products), who in turn provide CO2 to the producers of beverages producers.

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