Air Products has announced plans to build, own and operate a new large-scale air separation unit (ASU) in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota, US, and is scheduled to be onstream in early-to-mid 2020.

The ASU will produce liquid nitrogen, oxygen and argon, allowing Air Products to strength and grow its presence in a dynamic geography, providing reliable liquid industrial gas options customers and distributors in the region.

“Air Products’ goal is to be the safest and best performing industrial gas company in the world, providing excellent service to our customers. This is a prime example of making the necessary investment to prove that reliable and excellent service to our current and future customers,” said Seifi Ghasemi, President and Chief Executive Officer at Air Products. 

“Air Products has supplied customers in Minnesota and the surrounding region with both onsite gases and merchant liquid for decades. This investment shows further commitment to our customers in the Midwest region, will expand our ability to serve the greater area, and will provide reliable product to supply new customers as well,” said Francesco Maione, Air Products Vice President, Northern Region, Americas.

Air Products currently owns and operates over 300 air separation plants in over 40 countries worldwide. In addition to its plants, the company has sold, designed and built more than 2,000 air separation units globally.

Air Products’ cryogenic offerings span plants with a capability of 50 tonnes per day (TPD) to single train facilities with oxygen production capacities beyond 4,000 TPD.