Air Liquide recently started the world’s largest oxygen (O2) production unit for international integrated energy and chemicals company Sasol.

The Tier One company invested around €200m for the construction of this Air Separation Unit (ASU), located in Sasol’s Secunda site (around 140km East of Johannesburg), with a total production capacity of 5,000 tonnes of O2 per day (equivalent to 5,800 tonnes per day at sea level).

Owned and operated by Air Liquide, it is the first ASU that Sasol has chosen to outsource to a specialist of industrial gas production at this site.

As scheduled, the new ASU has been completed in less than three years from design to commissioning. It also provides Air Liquide with a new source of liquid gases to supply the growing industrial gas market in South Africa. 

François Jackow, member of the Air Liquide Group’s Executive Committee, supervising Middle East and Africa, said, “We are proud to be consolidating a strategic partnership built on trust and long-term commitment with Sasol. This new unit sees, for the first time, Sasol outsource its oxygen needs at its Secunda site, confirming our leadership in oxygen production technology as well as our commitment to contribute to South Africa’s economic and social development.”

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Source: Air Liquide