Air Liquide has strengthened its position in Portugal, signing long-term contracts with Repsol Polimeros and Artelia Ambiente, located in the industrial basin of Sines, 150km from Lisbon.

The company announced a total investment of €50m on 28th May 2008.

Repsol Polimeros is the largest chemical company in Portugal and a member of Repsol, the integrated oil and gas group with activities in over 30 countries and a leader in Spain and Argentina. Artelia Ambiente is a subsidiary of Veolia Environment, the world leader in environmental solutions.

Air Liquide’s role will be to supply the petrochemical plant of Repsol Polimeros with nitrogen, as part of its expansion project in Sines.

Nitrogen will also be supplied to Artelia Ambiente and will be used for the new PTA (terephthalic acid), which will be established in this industrial zone.

Air Liquide’s new production unit in Sines will include a gaseous oxygen and nitrogen production unit, together with a liquefied gas capacity of 400 tonnes-per-day (tpd). In addition to meeting the future needs of the Sines industrial site, it will also serve customers in Lisbon, southern Portugal and south-west Spain.

Air Liquide, established in Portugal since 1923, has production centres in Estarreja Maia and Arruda dos Vinhos, producing oxygen, nitrogen, argon and liquid carbon dioxide, as well as hydrogen, carbon monoxide and water vapour.

The company is thus meeting the growing needs of its customers in this rapidly developing zone whilst building on and consolidating its position as leader in Portugal and Spain.