Air Liquide will invest around €130m ($150.2m) for the construction of two state-of-the-art Air Separation Units (ASUs) in Russia.

The Tier One corporation has signed a long-term contract with steel producer Evraz for the supply of oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar) in Novokuznetsk. The two ASUs will improve energy efficiency and the overall environmental footprint of the production process.

Air Liquide will design, build, own and operate two new ASUs of 1,500 tonnes per day of O2 each at Evraz ZSMK site in Novokuznetsk. Air Liquide will bring to Evraz its world class expertise in industrial gas supply. The Air Liquide Engineering and Construction teams will bring their state-of-the-art technologies for these two large ASUs, thereby providing improved efficiencies, reliability and safety.

Expected to start operation in 2021, these new ASUs will offer Air Liquide a new source of O2, N2 and Ar to supply the industrial gas market in Kemerovo Region, Western Siberia.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, which took place last week, Olivier Randet, Air Liquide’s Vice-President supervising Eastern Europe and Central Asia, said, “We are delighted to sign this long-term contract with Evraz for one of their main production sites. With this new contract, Air Liquide enlarges its footprint in Siberia. We are committed to making this project a success that will further strengthen our leadership in the region. ”

Alexey Soldatenkov, Vice-President, Head of the Siberia Division, at Evraz, commented, “EVRAZ ZSMK continues its program of renovation and modernisation, choosing the best technical solutions. I am confident that partnership with Air Liquide, the world leader in the production of gases, is the optimal choice that will improve the efficiency of our production and generally the competitiveness of the plant.”

Air Liquide in Russia

Air Liquide was established in Russia in 1989 and was primarily involved in the sale of industrial gas production equipment. In 2005, OOO Air Liquide, the Russian subsidiary for production and sale of industrial gases was founded. Today, the company operates 15 industrial sites in key regions. More than 500 employees supply products and services to over 1,500 customers.