Air Liquide Brasil has officially inaugurated its air separation unit (ASU) in Ortigueira, representing the company’s first plant in the Brazilian state of Paraná.

The Brazil-based business branch of Tier One player Air Liquide invested $144m Brazil Reals ($42.4m) in the new facility, which will produce around 160 tonnes per day (tpd) of oxygen (O2) primarily for sustainable cellulose bleaching.

The site will also produce tonnage quantities of nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar) to meet the growing needs of industry and healthcare customers in the region.

The new ASU was designed and engineered by Air Liquide Group’s Engineering and Construction teams using the latest in energy efficiency and safety technology.

Background

Air Liquide Brasil has been presented in the South American country since 1945. The company serves more than 80% of the Brazilian States in around 64 industry sectors.

According to gasworld Business Intelligence, Air Liquide are currently the second largest industrial gas corporation in the South American country, holding an estimated share of around 16% in the $1.6bn Brazilian market.

The Ortigueira ASU is the first new plant brought on-stream by Air Liquide in Brazil since 2013, when it commissioned a merchant ASU in Imperatriz, Maranhão.