Messer starts new oxygen plant in Estonia

Messer starts new oxygen plant in Estonia

10:43 AM, 31st July 2015
Messer starts new oxygen plant in Estonia
Stefan Messer, owner and CEO, Messer Group. (File photo)

BAD SODEN, GERMANY: As part of the joint venture Elme Messer Gaas, Messer, the largest privately owned industrial gases specialist and the second shareholder, the BLRT Grupp, one of the biggest industrial holdings in the Baltic States, have invested around €5 million in a new oxygen production plant in Jarvakandi, Estonia, Messer said.

The facility is on the site of customer Owens-Illinois Inc, the world’s leading manufacturer of container glass. The plant produces 2,650 cubic metre of oxygen per hour, which fully meets the needs of the new glass trough. Owen-Illinois was being provided with liquid oxygen during the construction phase in order to supply oxygen to the glass trough that went into operation in Dec 2014 already.

“The commissioning of the new oxygen production plant is an important step not only for us, but also for our Estonian joint venture. The investment is a flexible response to the changing needs of our customers,” said Stefan Messer, owner and CEO, Messer Group. 

The use of oxygen for high temperature processes is state of the art. “The new system reduces both our natural gas consumption as well as our carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions and makes a significant contribution toward meeting our sustainability goals,” said Viivika Remmel, country group executive, North-East Europe, Owen-Illinois.

Oxy-fuel technology uses pure oxygen instead of combustion air for the firing process in furnaces. Energy consumption is also reduced because there is no need to heat up the inert nitrogen to process temperature either (between 1,450 and 1,600 degrees Celsius). This results in a lowering of CO2 emissions and prevents nitrogen oxides from being formed, resulting in a reduction of up to 70 per cent when compared to combustion air. 

Oxy-fuel is a technology that will impact the glass industry in the future due to being promoted globally as the “best available technology” for the glass industry and will be influenced through an investment relief for the construction of new plants, Messer said.

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