Air Liquide has signed a long-term contract with Chinese outfit Xinneng Energy Company, a subsidiary of ENN Ecological Holdings Company (ENN), to invest millions of euros in it’s Light Hydrocarbon Project.

Under this agreement, Air Liquide will invest more than €60m ($65m) in a new air separation unit (ASU) with a total capacity of 2,700t of oxygen (O2) per day.

Due to start operations in the second quarter of 2018, the unit will be fully owned and operated by the Tier One company. It will be built in ENN’s industrial park of Dalateqi of Ordos City, Inner Mongolia, by Air Liquide’s Engineering and Construction teams.

The ASU will supply industrial gases, including O2 and N2, to be used in ENN’s Light Hydrocarbon Project. The scheme currently produces 200,000t per year of light hydrocarbon, a chemical product widely used in the energy industry.

Zhao Yifeng, CEO of ENN, enthused about the new contract and stated, “By combining our own innovative technologies with the leading technologies and international expertise from Air Liquide, we ensure the improved energy efficiency of the project.”

François Venet, Vice-President, Asia Pacific and a member of Air Liquide’s group’s Executive Committee, remarked, “We are honoured to be a partner for this significant project. By leveraging out existing resources, as well as our expertise in Inner Mongolia and Western China, we will support the flawless development and operation of this project.”