Airgas to colocate carbon dioxide plant

By Susanne Retka Schill | July 08, 2008
Web exclusive posted July 11, 2008 at 3:16 p.m. CST

First United Ethanol LLC, a 100 MMgy corn-based ethanol plant under construction in Camilla, Ga., will have a ready customer for its carbon dioxide. Airgas Inc. announced July 9 that it will build a 450-ton-per-day liquid carbon dioxide plant at the FUEL complex.

Airgas entered into a 15-year agreement with FUEL to supply the raw carbon dioxide to be refined for food, commercial and beverage-grade use at the facility, which is expected to be operation by late 2009. FUEL expects to begin ethanol production this fall.

"By building a new world-class facility at this destination-based ethanol plant, Airgas will better serve carbon dioxide customers in the Georgia and Florida markets," said Airgas Division President Ted Schulte. "We currently serve customers in this region through our plant in Augusta, Ga., and via railcar to a depot in central Florida. This new site will create a stronger supply chain for our liquid merchant customers as well as for our own dry ice production, and it will also minimize product dislocation costs when we encounter plant outages."

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