Open­ing of CO2 plant boost for New Zealand

DEMM Engineering & Manufacturing - - NEWS -

Four politi­cians to cut a sin­gle rib­bon might sound like the be­gin­ning of a snide joke but it was ac­tu­ally a cause for cel­e­bra­tion as Whangarei MP Dr Shane Reti, North­land MP and NZ First Leader Win­ston Pe­ters, Labour MP David Parker, and Whangarei Mayor Sh­eryl Mai at­tended the open­ing of BOC’s new $40 mil­lion CO2 cap­ture and pu­rifi­ca­tion plant at Refining NZ’s Mars­den Point oil re­fin­ery.

De­scribed by Refining NZ CEO Sjo­erd Post as a win­win for New Zealand busi­ness, the new plant can pu­rify up to 50,000 tonnes of food-grade liq­uid CO2 an­nu­ally and fea­tures in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy that al­lows the lead­ing in­dus­trial gas sup­plier to ex­ceed in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised food and bev­er­age stan­dards, says BOC, which has signed a 15-year-plus con­tract for sup­ply with Refining New Zealand.

“This new plant has sig­nif­i­cantly in­creased our CO2 cap­ture and pu­rifi­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­ity and stor­age ca­pac­ity in New Zealand,” said BOC South Pa­cific md Colin Isaac, “al­low­ing us to meet fu­ture in­creases in CO2 de­mand and pro­vid­ing re­li­a­bil­ity of sup­ply to large vol­umes of CO2 to cus­tomers in high con­sump­tion in­dus­tries such as the ma­jor dairy ex­port mar­ket.”

“BOC has op­er­ated in New Zealand for more than 100 years and un­der­stands the im­por­tance of in­vest­ing in lo­cal part­ner­ships and in­fra­struc­ture to en­sure we meet the needs of our cus­tomers long into the fu­ture. This new plant demon­strates a strong com­mit­ment from BOC and our longterm part­ner Refining NZ to de­liver in­no­va­tive so­lu­tions that sup­ports growth in the New Zealand econ­omy.”

Post said that tak­ing a by-prod­uct to use as an es­sen­tial feed-stock is a sig­nif­i­cant growth op­por­tu­nity for man­u­fac­tur­ers and ex­porters. At the same time it creates a rev­enue stream for Refining NZ in­de­pen­dent of refining mar­gins and the ex­change rate. CO2 is used for car­bon­a­tion of bev­er­ages, as a chill­ing agent in the food in­dus­try, mod­i­fied at­mos­phere pack­ag­ing of dairy and other food prod­ucts, pH con­trol on pH bal­anc­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and as an in­dus­trial sol­vent.

De­spite be­ing in New Zealand, the plant is run re­motely from Syd­ney, with just one em­ployee on-site at Mars­den Point.

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