Praxair starts up Oklahoma plant


Praxair, Inc. has started up a 180 tons per day (tpd), non-cryogenic plant for Owens-Illinois (O-I), the world’s largest glass container manufacturer and a partner for many leading food and beverage brands.

O-I has converted a conventional air-fuel glass furnace to oxyfuel using Praxair’s oxyfuel combustion technology. Under a long-term contract, Praxair will supply gaseous oxygen to the glass facility in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Oxyfuel combustion uses oxygen rather than air to enhance combustion, improve energy efficiency in the glass melting process and reduce nitrogen oxide emissions.

In addition to supplying the oxygen, Praxair has provided the oxyfuel combustion flow control skids and installed its dilute oxygen combustion Wide Flame Burner technology, designed to minimise furnace emissions and reduce furnace crown deterioration.

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