Praxair, Inc., Danbury, Conn., announced a $100 million investment in its Geismar, La., facility to expand its carbon monoxide production and support growing customer demand in the Mississippi River corridor.

The company will add a new 13 million-standard-cubic-feet-per-day carbon monoxide purification train, a new carbon monoxide cold box and other upgrades that leverage proprietary Praxair technologies. The expansion is expected to be completed in the second half of 2018.

“Our investment will result in increased supply for our customers throughout the region as we continue to see the growth of their own production capabilities,” says Dr. Samir Serhan, president, global hydrogenr. “We are committed to serving this accelerating marketplace by expanding our network.”

In recent years, the Geismar facility has been integrated into a 90-mile hydrogen pipeline network stretching from Baton Rouge to St. Charles. Currently, the facility serves over a dozen customers ranging from world-scale refineries to biofuel companies.