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Messer brings New Keyes, California carbon dioxide plant on stream

Industrial gases specialist strengthens presence in its West American market and serves customers in northern California and surrounding geographies

Messer today announced that it has started operation of its new Keyes, California carbon dioxide (CO2) plant. The largest family-run industrial gases specialist worldwide bringing it on line to serve existing and new customers in northern California and surrounding geographies via rail network.

“The Keyes plant further enhances our CO2 network reliability for customers,” explains Jens Luehring, President and CEO, Messer Americas. “This investment solidifies our position in the US market, and it is especially important as the CO2 market faces supply challenges. We’re proud of our experienced team of experts who worked through unusual start-up conditions associated with the Corona pandemic to bring this plant on stream.”

The new plant provides up to 450 tons-per-day of CO2, which is used in carbonated beverages, in the food freezing and chilling as well as in electronics industry in the area. Messer recently collaborated with Aemetis, Inc. and obtains raw CO2 for processing from its ethanol plant.

“Aemetis is pleased to be supplying Messer with CO2 rawgas, especially in this time of critical need,” says Eric McAfee, Chairman and CEO of Aemetis, Inc. “It is essential that California’s supply of CO2 remain uninterrupted for the many industries that depend on this important product.”

Messer operates two additional CO2 plants and two air separation units in California.