Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP (“Air Liquide”) today announced a purchase agreement with Kodiak Carbonic, LLC (“Kodiak”), a producer of beverage grade liquid carbon dioxide.
Under the agreement, Air Liquide will purchase all carbon dioxide produced by Kodiak at its new 200 ton per day carbon dioxide liquefaction facility in Boardman, Ore., which is expected to begin commercial production in 2015. The agreement enables Air Liquide to increase its supply of liquid carbon dioxide to customers in the Pacific Northwest region, including Washington, Oregon and Idaho, further strengthening its position as a leader in the food and beverage industry on the West Coast.
Air Liquide currently owns and operates carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities in Wilmington and Martinez, Calif., and is building a third facility in Pixley, Calif., which is scheduled to begin commercial production in the first quarter of 2015. Together, the facilities in Pixley and Boardman will enable Air Liquide to double its supply of liquid carbon dioxide to West Coast customers.
“A robust, multi-source network with flexibility of supply is critical. Adding two production facilities to our liquid carbon dioxide supply network on the West Coast will help ensure efficiency and reliability for our customers,” said Chip Stoicovy, Vice President, Carbon Dioxide. “We are excited to support growth in the U.S. food and beverage market, supplying solutions that meet the industry’s highest standards for food safety.”
Air Liquide owns and operates carbon dioxide liquefaction facilities throughout the U.S., and all have achieved the Food Safety System Certification 22000, an internationally-recognized standard for food safety systems.
Vice President of Corporate Communications, Americas