GPIC's carbon dioxide plant is Gulf first
Manama, January 4, 2010
A new multimillion hi-tech carbon dioxide extraction plant has been opened at Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company (GPIC).
'The iconic plant marks the 10th anniversary of His Majesty King Hamad's accession to the throne and Bahrain's National Day,' the Premier's adviser for industry and oil affairs and GPIC chairman Shaikh Isa bin Ali Al Khalifa said.
The $55 million (BD20.7 million) environment-friendly plant is the first of its kind in the Middle East and has been set up in a record 27 months in co-operation with Italian Tecnimont and Japanese Mitsubishi for Heavy Industries.
The Sitra-based unit will extract 450 metric tonnes of carbon dioxide per day, which would reduce gas emissions substantially. The extracted carbon dioxide will go towards boosting the production of ammonia and methanol by 200 tonnes daily.
'The new unit reflects GPIC's keenness to protect the environment and optimise the use of raw materials,' Shaikh Isa said. He paid tribute to GPIC's executive management and the project team for following up the scheme at different stages.
Company director-general Abdulrahman Al Jawaheri said the unit would further boost Bahrain's status among industrialised nations.-TradeArabia News Service