US CO2 shortage: More plant closures set to impact supply in the coming weeks


“I believe this is going to be a challenging summer/fall. CO2 demand continues to outpace the capacity being added and the current outages are only adding to that stress,” that’s what Ned Lane, CEO of CK Supply, told gasworld earlier this week in relation to the ongoing CO2 shortage in the US.

Lane, President of Cee Kay Supply, an independent supplier of compressed gases, welding and cutting equipment, and dry ice that serves Missouri and Illinois, is witnessing supply chain strains, like many in the US.

Adding to contamination stresses that are hitting the market, Lane also believes that Praxair’s (Linde plc) Hopewell CO2 plant in Virginia is also scheduled to shut down next month (September 2022). It is believed the plant has a total capacity of 1,500 tonnes per day, equating to approximately 75 truckloads of CO2 being pulled out of the supply chain daily.

The Hopewell closure is due to scheduled maintenance on the ammonia plant.

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