Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has recently signed a major contract worth approximately €100m ($112m) to design and build three Air Separation Units (ASUs) for Yankuang Group, one of the largest energy and chemical companies in China.

The new ASUs will each produce 3,200 tonnes per day of oxygen (O2) and nitrogen (N2) for the production of methanol-based chemicals, an additive widely used in the energy industry to increase combustion efficiency of hydrocarbon. As part of Yankuang’s major technological upgrading programme, two units will be delivered to Rongxin site in inner Mongolia and the third unit will be delivered to Yulin site in Shaanxi province, China.

The new ASUs will be built using Air Liquide’s latest innovative technologies and best in class standards to ensure a safe, optimised and reliable operation. All three ASUs will start operation in the second half of 2019.

François Venet, member of the Air Liquide group’s Executive Committee supervising Engineering & Construction, said, “We are pleased to continue our partnership with Yankuang Group and support their business development. This milestone illustrates our expertise in Oproduction technologies notably, with the highest safety and low energy consumption solutions”.

Founded in 1966, Yankuang Group is listed among China’s Top 500 Enterprises. Air Liquide Engineering & Construction has a long-term partnership with Yankuang Group. Two ASUs have been delivered since 2003 and are currently fully operational.