The Port of Tilbury, has announced a long-term agreement with leading industrial gas company Nippon Gases Europe to import CO2 to the Thames port.

The agreement will see weekly shipments arriving at the port, with Nippon Gases Europe investing in a permanent storage terminal at the port which became operational this year.

The shipments into Tilbury of carbon dioxide are carried on Nippon Gases’ dedicated ships in refrigerated liquid form and are intended primarily for the UK’s beverage and food markets.

Nippon Gases Europe produces, sells and distributes atmospheric, process and speciality gases.

Their products, services and technologies aim to make the planet more productive by bringing efficiency and environmental benefits to a wide variety of industries, including aerospace, chemicals, food and beverage, electronics, energy, healthcare, manufacturing, primary metals and many others.

Peter Ward, Commercial Director from The Port of Tilbury said: “We are thrilled that Nippon Gases Europe has chosen the Port of Tilbury as the Southern UK hub for their essential products. Nippon Gases Europe will benefit from our strong logistical connections and ideal location for their market place. This is our first bulk liquid customer in Tilbury, but we have areas of expertise across the Forth Ports group.”