Air Liquide Canada is to upgrade an air separation unit (ASU) in Hamilton, Ontario in response to greater demand for oxygen, nitrogen, and argon from ArcelorMittal Dofasco and other customers in the region.

The upgrade will begin in September 2016 and is expected to be complete in April 2017.

The news follows the successful construction in 2015 of a new oxygen pipeline between Air Liquide’s Hamilton production facility and ArcelorMittal Dofasco.

The new pipeline was jointly funded by Air Liquide and the Independent Electricity System Operator’s saveONenergy Programme. It allowed Air Liquide to supply oxygen to ArcelorMittal Dofasco with significantly greater energy efficiency and resulted in Air Liquide reducing its electricity usage by more than 30,000 MWh per year.

The upgrade of Air Liquide’s Hamilton complex is an example of how energy conservation programmes can lead to industrial growth and sustained benefits for surrounding communities. As was the case for the successful oxygen pipeline project, Air Liquide will manage the upgrade of the plant and expects that almost 80% of the company’s investment will be spent in Hamilton and surrounding communities.

Adam Peters, President and CEO of Air Liquide Canada, reflected, “We are proud that a joint public and private investment in energy efficiency is leading to new growth in one of Canada’s largest industrial areas. Air Liquide has operated in Hamilton since 1940, and this investment will help ensure that we continue our operations in Ontario for the foreseeable future.”