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JOHNSTOWN – Air Liquide Canada has officially opened its one-of-a-kind new carbon dioxide recovery plant adjacent to GreenField Global.
The world leader in gases, technologies and services hosted more than 60 people for an inaugural ceremony on Friday, February 9th, followed by plant tours. The unique facility is the only one in the country with a Health Canada drug establishment licence authorizing the fabrication, testing, packaging and labeling of medical grade CO2.
“With its state-of-the-art design and latest technology, the 170,000-square-foot facility enables us to capture the raw CO2waste feed from GreenField, a leading Canadian ethanol supplier, and transform it (thus preserving the environment) into liquified CO2 gas,” said company President Bertrand Masselot.
The strategically-placed plant enhances the company’s bulk distribution fleet in Ontario and Quebec. It was constructed over the past two years and is now in full production with more than 300 tons per day capacity. Air Liquide Canada has its headquarters in Montreal.
Ross Fuller, Vice-President of Process Industries, called the Johnstown Recovery facility “a resounding success.” He and Mr. Masselot commended the site’s 30 employees and drivers, many of whom were at the opening ceremonies.
“After just four months of tests, audits and certifications, the results are astonishing,” said Mr. Fuller. “Major industrial customers in Quebec and Ontario benefit from a nearby high quality gas supply source and Air Liquide makes a significant contribution to the local economy.”
GreenField Global Plant Manager Brendan Bland said Air Liquide’s presence fits squarely with GreenField’s mission statement. “We look forward to a long partnership.”
Edwardsburgh Cardinal Mayor Pat Sayeau said negotiations to bring the company to GreenField Global’s Johnstown site began back in 2014. “It’s a great synergy of operations,” he said.
Learn more about Air Liquide Canada on their website and follow them on Twitter @airliquideCAN.