Airgas plans to build a new 450 tpd liquid carbon
dioxide plant in the greater Houston area, the company
announced on Thursday.
The new plant will replace the company's plant at the
Shell Deer Park refinery complex that is expected to
close late this year.
Airgas says it has entered into long-term agreements with
affiliates of Denbury Resources to transport and deliver feedstock of raw carbon dioxide to
the new Airgas facility.
"The construction of this facility
represents Airgas' commitment to this very important and
strategic market," said Phil Filer, president of Airgas
Carbonic and Airgas Dry Ice.
"With our long-term feedstock agreements we will be able
to serve existing and secure new carbon dioxide customers in
the petrochemical industry, as well as
the traditional food chilling and beverage carbonation
industries. We will also be supplying liquid carbon dioxide to
our dry ice facility in LaPorte, Texas."
Airgas expects that construction will begin shortly on
its new carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant and
will be completed in the fall.
The Airgas and Denbury relationship goes back to 2001, when
Airgas sold its Jackson Dome reserves and the associated
183-mile pipeline in Mississippi to Denbury.
Recently, Denbury opened up its Green Pipeline which transports
this natural, well-based carbon dioxide more than 500 miles to
its current terminus at the Hastings Field, just south of
William P. Hobby Airport.
The new Airgas plant will repurpose many of the existing
assets from the current Deer Park facility, such as storage
tanks, truck loading equipment, scales, and analytical
equipment. Current Airgas
production and distribution personnel will all be relocated
to the new facility.