Air Products and Saudi Arabian Refrigerant Gases Company of Saudi Arabi (SARGAS) will build a new air separation unit (ASU) at the Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel plant in Sohar, Oman, to produce over 400 tonnes of oxygen and nitrogen per day.

Set to be undertaken by Ajwaa Gases, a joint venture between Air Products and SARGAS, the project represents the third ASU installed by the industrial gas giant at the Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel facility.

With the new capacity, the facility will see a doubling of its gaseous oxygen and gaseous nitrogen supply, together with an increased production capability of liquid oxygen and liquid nitrogen. 

Hamid Sabzikari, Vice-President and General Manager of Air Products Industrial Gases for the Middle East Egypt and Turkey, said, “Air Products is delighted to expand our offerings at Jindal Shadeed Iron & Steel and strengthen our association further.”

“The successful signing of the third ASU demonstrates our commitment to supporting the growing customers in Oman and the Middle East region.”

“I am proud of the teams who have shown exceptional resilience and dedication for this project during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic and exhibits our core values of safety, speed, simplicity and self-confidence.”

Sanjay Anand, Chief Operating Officer and Plant Head at Jindal Shadeed Iron and Steel, added, “We are happy to continue our association with Air Products and congratulate the team for their commitment to safety and reliability for supply of gases.”

“These gases will be used in our steel melt shop and direct reduced iron (DRI) plant to improve the efficiency and production.”