Praxair starts up new syngas plant in Geismar

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Praxair has started up its new syngas plant in Geismar.

The company on Monday announced the new plant that will increase carbon monoxide supply to customers in the Geismar area is now online.

The plant incorporates a new carbon monoxide purification train with more than 13 million cubic feet per day of capacity. This facility is part of a much larger investment by Praxair in Louisiana and the U.S. Gulf Coast.

“Praxair has been an integral part of the Geismar chemical industry for over 50 years and with this latest investment, we are demonstrating our commitment to remaining a reliable and efficient source of industrial gases in the region well into the future,” says Dan Yankowski, Praxair’s president of Global Hydrogen.

Carbon monoxide is essential for the manufacture of a wide array of products, such as polyurethane precursors and other specialty chemicals. Hydrogen, carbon monoxide and other gas products required by the local chemical and refining industries were first produced at this site in the early 1970’s.

Over the years the site has been expanded and more recently, the Geismar facility has been integrated into a 90-mile pipeline network stretching from Baton Rouge to St. Charles. Yankowski says this latest investment further strengthens Praxair’s ability to meet increased demand from customers, ranging from world-scale refineries to technology leading biofuel companies.