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Messer commissions new CO2 recovery plant

By Gerald Ondrey |

Messer Group GmbH (Sulzbach/Frankfurt, Germany; www.messergroup.com) has commissioned a new CO2 liquefaction plant with a production capacity of 150,000 ton/yr of carbon dioxide on the site of the British company Ineos Oxide in Zwijndrecht near Antwerp, Belgium. The Messer Group has operations in Europe and Asia, and this is its largest CO2 plant. It is operated jointly with the Belgian company IJsfabriek Strombeek under the name “bECO2“, the joint venture set up by the two companies, in which Messer holds a 70% share. In total, bECO2 has invested €17 million. With the construction of the new CO2 production plant, the Messer Group is making a positive contribution to the environment. The production facility will recover around 20 ton/h of CO2 from industrial waste gas and make it reusable. bECO2 captures the CO2 from Ineos’ chemical facilities, where ethylene is reacted with oxygen to form ethylene oxide, a process in which carbon dioxide is generated as a byproduct. The CO2 that is discharged is thus turned to economic advantage as a “green gas” without impacting the environment. Messer will use two thirds of the plant’s capacity in order to supply carbonic acid, dry ice or gaseous and…
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