Yesterday, Air Products announced the beginning of a new long-term oxygen and nitrogen supply agreement.
In addition, the company will build a new air separation unit (ASU) and refurbish its existing ASU and liquefier based at the current facility in Granite City, Illinois. The new facility is planned to begin operation in the second quarter of 2012.
This is expected not only to supplement overall capacity, but to enable the company to meet on-site and customer demands for gases and merchant liquid products in the region.
Wilbur Mok, Vice President of Tonnage Gases in North America for Air Products, stated, “Air Products has been producing industrial gases at Granite City since the 1950s. This new investment will expand our capability to serve current customers and provide significant modernization of our operations there.
It represents another step in our commitment to existing customers in that area, and strengthens Air Products’ ability to supply merchant liquid products to customers in the Midwest market.”
The additional ASU will offer a capacity of 500 tonnes per day. Furthermore, the overall argon capacity of the site will also increase as a result of this project.