Air Liquide Engineering Europe has won several contracts outside France.
In Turkey, it has signed a contract with Isdemir, a subsidiary of the Turkish steel group Erdemir, to build an Air Separation Unit (ASU) at its site in Iskenderun. This new unit, in Southeast Turkey, will begin production at the end of 2007 and will produce 1,000 tonnes of oxygen per day, as well as nitrogen and argon, thus enabling Isdemir to further develop its steel production.
In Saudi Arabia, Air Liquide, in a consortium with the German engineering company Lurgi, has won a contract to build a carbon monoxide production unit (raw material required in the production of acetic acid), for the petrochemical company Sipchem (Saudi International Petrochemical Company - Al Zamil group). With a daily production capacity of 1,000 tonnes, this unit will be the largest in the world and should begin production in 2009.
The new Sipchem industrial complex, representing an investment of one billion euros, will be built on the existing industrial site at Jubail, in eastern Saudi Arabia, near the Persian Gulf. It will enable Sipchem to develop its production of acetic acid.
FranÃ§ois Darchis says innovation remains an essential factor.///
In Malaysia, Petronas, a Malaysian oil company, is planning to build a large industrial complex to develop its production of methanol. Air Liquide has been chosen by Petronas and Lurgi to build an ASU, which should begin production in 2008. This new production unit with a daily capacity of 2,500 tonnes of oxygen will contribute to converting natural gas to methanol.
FranÃ§ois Darchis, member of the executive committee of Air Liquide, declared: \\$quot;These recent successes for our Engineering teams enable us to continue our expansion into new territories. The responsiveness of our teams throughout the world and the excellence of our technological solutions are the keys to this success: innovation remains an essential factor in our growth dynamic.\\$quot;
In 2005, the Engineering division recorded strong business activity with a 27 per cent increase in turnover.