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April 28, 2008

Caloric’s 1st aMDEA-based CO2-recovery plant

Gerald Ondrey

Caloric Anlagenbau GmbH (Gräfelfing , Germany; has signed its first contract for the supply of a carbon dioxide recovery unit using aMDEA-solvent (activated methyl diethanolamine). The plant was ordered by a German engineering company and is part of a syngas treatment facility to be located in Spain.

The recovery unit is designed for a carbon dioxide product capacity of more than 4 ton/h. The feedstock will be syngas coming from a gasification process at a pressure of up to 20 bar. The plant is scheduled to be delivered in March 2009.

Caloric has already supplied more than 40 CO2-recovery plants that use Caloric’s well-proven MEA (monoethanolamine) process technology, and has more than 30 years of experience in this field. Up to now, these plants have operated at atmospheric pressure. For high-pressure applications, Caloric uses the aMDEA-solvent, licensed from BASF AG (Ludwigshafen, Germany;, which is said to have economical advantages.

This contract strengthens Caloric’s position in supplying tailor-made gas-generation and treatment plants for the industry. Important design issue will be Caloric’s expertise in the modularized construction of such plants, which result in the “shortest delivery- and start-up time.”

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