Praxair has signed a deal to purchase crude carbon dioxide from Delaware City Refining.
Under the long-term agreement, Praxair will build, own and operate a 450-ton-per-day carbon dioxide purification and liquefaction plant at the refinery, producing beverage-quality liquid carbon dioxide for distribution into the Northeastern US merchant market. This new carbon dioxide source will begin serving customers in 2016.
Praxair previously started up a 450-ton-per-day carbon dioxide purification facility at Honeywell Resins & Chemicals in Hopewell, Virginia, and also operates carbon dioxide facilities in Southeastern Canada.
The CO2 supply serves Praxair customers in a variety of industries, including food and beverage, where it is used to freeze, chill, preserve and package food and carbonate beverages. It is also used in the healthcare, oil recovery, metal fabrication, chemicals and wastewater segments.