Russia: Beverages Eurochem Commences Production of Food-Grade Carbon Dioxide
Located in southern Russia, the Group’s 7.5 million dollar facility is expected to produce a capacity of 32,000 tonnes per year. The superior quality carbon dioxide will also be supplied to Coca-Cola systems.
Zug/Switzerland – Eurochem Group, a leading global producer of fertilisers, has recently announced the start-up production of food-grade carbon dioxide in Russia. A state-of-the-art production facility, representing an investment of nearly 7.5 million dollars by the Group, began operations at Eurochem’s Nevinnomysskiy Azot nitrogen plant in southern Russia.
The high-quality liquid CO2, produced at a capacity of 32,000 tonnes per year, will be supplied primarily to the carbonated drinks sector, with Coca-Cola systems among the customers. Regulators in Russia’s food and beverages industry require food-grade carbon dioxide to be 99.98 % pure. Eurochem’s product surpasses that level, measured at 99.99 %, a level of quality that is guaranteed by a 500,000 dollars monitoring system installed at the plant.
The production facility at Nevinnomyssk employs CO2 purification technology that is developed by engineering firm Union Engineering and the quality-control systems are developed in Germany. Together, these technologies ensure that the final product surpasses the toughest European (EIGA) and international (ISBT) standards.
The carbon dioxide produced at Nevinnomyssk will also be supplied for manufacturing dry ice and will be used in greenhouse plant nutrition as well as a fire suppressant among other uses.