BOC has announced the commencement of a new CO2 plant at Refining NZ’s Marsden Point refinery near Whangarei. To be built at a cost of approximately $40 million, the plant will purify CO2 (a by-product of Refining NZ’s oil refining operations) for supply to customers in a variety of industries including food and beverage, dairy, wine, meat, pulp and paper, and horticulture.
BOC South Pacific Managing Director, Colin Isaac, said the state of the art plant would further enhance BOC’s efficient and cost-effective delivery of industrial gas to its growing New Zealand customer base. “BOC has been proudly doing business in New Zealand for over 100 years and the announcement of our new CO2 plant at Refining NZ is yet another strong signal of our confidence in our New Zealand business well into the future,’’ Isaac said.
To be constructed to the highest world standards in quality control and energy efficiency, the plant will purify more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. Employing approximately 50 people in construction, the plant is expected to fully operational by the end of 2015.
BOC is a member of The Linde Group, the largest gases and engineering company in the world with approximately 63,500 employees working in more than 100 countries worldwide.