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January 6, 2014
Air Products increases U.S. Midwest liquid CO2 supply
Air Products (Lehigh Valley, Pa.; www.airproducts.com) has signed a long-term agreement for the production of liquid CO2 with Big River Resources Boyceville, LLC (Boyceville, Wisc.). Air Products will operate a facility to produce 250 ton/d of liquid CO2 at Big River Resources’ established ethanol plant in Boyceville, Wisconsin. Air Products will market food and beverage-grade liquid CO2 from the plant, which is expected to begin production in early 2014.
Air Products has 13 liquid CO2 production plants in the U.S., and had recently announced another planned liquid CO2 agreement and facility with 400 ton/d of production in Iowa. In June, Air Products expanded its portfolio of industrial gases offerings in North America by acquiring EPCO Carbon Dioxide Products, Inc. of Monroe, Louisiana. The acquisition immediately vaulted Air Products to a position amongst the leaders in the North American liquid CO2 market and also made Air Products a more fully-integrated supplier of bulk industrial gases by increasing its competitive offering.
Liquid CO2, which Air Products already offers in its other geographic regions around the world, is an important product in markets Air Products currently serves with other merchant industrial gases including for food, beverage, chemical, pharmaceutical, oilfield services and metals fabrication applications.