Showa Denko boosts CO2 output as supply chain tightens

Showa Denko boosts CO2 output as supply chain tightens

Showa Denko Gas Products (Showa Denko) is planning to increase its output capacity of liquid carbon dioxide (LCO2) at its Kawasaki Plant in a move that will help stimulate the Japanese domestic supply of LCO2, as reported in this month’s (February 2022) edition of the Gas Review.

As part of the 3 billion ¥ ($26m) investment (subsidised by the Ministry of Economy Trade and Industry (METI)), the company also plans to construct two additional units of product storage tanks.

Current LCO2 supply issues in Japan are thought to be caused by the chronic shortage of raw material sources, mainly due to the decrease in the crude gas from major sources of oil refineries and industrial consolidations.

The Kawasaki plant obtains its raw materials – CO2 – from the parent company’s Kawasaki Plastic Recycling (KPR) plant, which produces ammonia from recycled plastics.

Commenting on the news, Mamoru Harada, Executive Director, Vice-Division Manager, Showa Denko, said, “We have decided the reinforcement because the KPR in Kawasaki Plant is prospective to sustain business and is deemed to be stable as a source of crude gas for CO2.

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