Over the past year, Gulf Cryo has made a large investment and commitment to developing a CO₂ business to meet the demand for customers who are looking more and more at their carbon footprint and environmental processes. Gulf Cryo has provided an innovative solution to the concerns of a key customer (Equate) regarding their CO₂ emissions by capturing their waste gas, filtering and purifying it into a gas that can be used as feedstock across a number of industries.
EQUATE project update
Earlier this year, it was announced that Kuwait petrochemical company Equate, selected Gulf Cryo to help them lower their carbon emissions by investing in a CO₂ recovery project. CO₂ recovery is required because flue gas is emitted from Equate’s Ethylene Glycol plant adding carbon to the atmosphere. Equate is environmentally aware and looked to Gulf Cryo for an innovative way to convert the waste flue gas into pure CO₂ which is a valuable commercial product. The process involves Gulf Cryo taking the raw gas and moving it by pipeline to the new CO₂ plant in Shuaiba. At the plant, a very sophisticated clean up system takes place, which removes all the impurities so a pure CO₂ gas is produced. The CO2 is then liquefied into a pure CO₂ which is food grade product compliant with ISBT standards. Liquid CO₂ is required in many industries, such as food and beverage, welding and cutting and in the manufacture of dry ice.
The project is progressing as planned and when Gulf Cryo’s recovery plant is fully commissioned in 2014, it is expected to become one of the largest CO₂ production unit in the Middle East.
Four new CO₂ hubs open
In order to distribute the CO₂ product from the new Kuwait plant, to service the requirements of the carbonated beverage industry, and to be able to target new clients in this sector, Gulf Cryo embarked on an ambitious program to create four CO₂ hubs. These are located in Dubai, Kuwait, Dammam and Amman. Each of these ‘hubs’ has the rolling stock and storage capacity necessary to be a major distribution point in the region. The carbonated beverage industry has very stringent quality and reliability standards; therefore each hub will also have the necessary quality standards, and testing equipment in order to work with food and beverage products.