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Omnicane launches sustainable CO2 plant in Mauritius together with Gaz Carbo

Omnicane launches sustainable CO2 plant in Mauritius together with Gaz Carbo

The Mauritius-based sugar major recently entered into an agreement with Gaz Carbo for the project, which has been implemented by Union Engineering. (Image: Joule Processing)

Mauritius’ sugar major Omnicane has added another feather to its sustainability cap by installing a sustainable carbon dioxide (CO2) plant on the island.

The company recently entered into an agreement with Gaz Carbo for the project, which has been implemented by Union Engineering.

Gaz Carbo, as a leading food grade CO2 supplier, has been providing a range of gasses for over 55 years, while Ominicane is a pioneer in Mauritius in achieving sustainable development through its production from ethanol and purification of food grade CO2.

“We have 3 CO2 plants that produce satisfactory quantities, and they can still be used if needed. However, when we entered into a contract with Omnicane, and had to decide which CO2 technology we were going to install at their site, it was a natural step to look at possibilities of reducing utility consumption and improved carbon footprint,” explain Managing Director of Gaz Carbo, Vincent Rogers.

“Union Engineering has patented solutions like the CO2-Scrub, which is offering significantly improved OPEX, and the technology was a perfect match in relation to the focus for both Omnicane and us,” he added.

The new CO2 plant has been installed at the Omnicane site, where carbon dioxide is collected from the bio-ethanol production, instead of venting it into the atmosphere. The cooperation is a major step for Gaz Carbo in expanding their business.

Prior to the choice of supplier, Gaz Carbo visited a few Union installations to learn more about the CO2-Scrub, which purifies CO2 without using water, and is prepared for production up to 1,000kg/h. The visit to the installations also helped Gaz Carbo to ensure that the technology could actually remove the impurities of raw-gas from the ethanol production.

Arnaud Lagane, Factory Manager of Gaz Carbo, commented, “We were convinced that despite the fact that it is a simple CO2 plant, this was the right technology for us. Both the installation and the start-up went as scheduled, and any concerns we may have had regarding the technology have been laid to rest. The purified CO2 exceeds the strictest demands and is suitable for Coca-Cola and other food grade applications”

About Gaz Carbo

Gaz Carbo was established in Mauritius in 1959 and for over 55 years the company has supplied the island with a wide range of gases for a numerous range of application – including food grade carbon dioxide for soft drinks.

The company has entered into cooperation with Omnicane, a public company on the Official List of the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.

Omnicane is the leading company within the modern sugar cane industry of Mauritius and the syngas from the ethanol production can be purified to food grade CO2, thus expanding the business – which is the background for the agreement.

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