Gulf Cryo has invested millions of dollars to help businesses across the Middle East reduce thier carbon footprint with innovative carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technology to capture waste product and convert it into clean CO2, which is a valuable asset to lots of different business sectors.
Gulf Cryo has commissioned five CO2 hubs which are located in Dubai, Kuwait, Amman, Jeddah and Dammam. Each of these hubs has the rolling stock and storage capacity necessary to be a major distribution point in their region, servicing the requirements of the many industries that require CO2 such as carbonated beverage bottling, desalinization plants, fire-fighting equipment, and cold chain transportation using dry ice.
To supply the hubs, and also to help businesses improve their environmental processes, Gulf Cryo has recently completed the construction of a large scale facility in Kuwait, where pure carbon dioxide is produced from CO2 off-gas stream from an ethylene glycol plant. This has been commissioned by EQUATE Petrochemical Company, Kuwait's first private sector petrochemical company, and is the first carbon capture project of this size in Kuwait. The reduction of CO2 emissions is an important aim in both Gulf Cryo and EQUATE's sustainability strategy as an estimated 110,000 tons of CO2 emissions will be saved each year. The plant is capabale of producing 280 tpd of liquid CO2 with food-grade quality which will be supplied to the food and beverage industry in MENA region.
Technical Director Jeyaseelan Anbalagan said: "Phase 1 of the green field project has been successfully commissioned with an investment of $16.5 million and we are now into phase 2. The procurement of the production plant, storage, rolling asset and construction (EPC) of the facility was successfully completed on a fast-track schedule. The project and operations team has also achieved a 'ZERO-ZERO' safety record with 253,843 man hrs worked."
There is also a second large scale plant under construction in Saudi Arabia which will come on stream at the beginning of 2015. Here, CO2 is extracted from boilers and then purified.
Steve Petridis, Business Development Corporate Director at Gulf Cryo, has worked extensively on building Gulf Cryo’s CO2 business, he said; “We have seen a fundamental change in how the CO2 market operates with a conscious effort across the industrial sector to lower carbon emissions. An increasing amount of companies are expressing an interest to move away from using CO2 produced by combusting fossil fuel at their site which is having a negative environmental impact, to a more environmentally-friendly CO2 produced from capturing waste gas that would otherwise go into the atmosphere. I would like to thank all involved in the CO2 projects and commend you on your efforts, which has led to us taking market leadership in this product line.”