Further to the news that Samsung Engineering had been awarded a contract for an ASU in Al-Jubail, Saudi Arabia, Air Products has revealed that it has also secured a contract to work on the $300m project.

As covered by gasworld magazine, it had initially been reported that Samsung Engineering would be involved in the project for National Industrial Gases Company (NIGC) – a subsidiary of Saudi Basic Industries Corp. (SABIC).

However, it is also now known that Air Products secured a contract with NIGC and will be working with Samsung Engineering to supply an ASU capable of producing up to 3,550 tonnes per day (tpd) of oxygen, 3,600 tpd of nitrogen and 150 tpd of argon.

The company explained in a statement that the ASU is expected to be on-stream in 2011.

“We are very proud to have won this contract with Samsung Engineering. It demonstrates a novel approach, by combining Air Products’ ability to design large-scale ASUs, with the engineering and construction expertise of Samsung Engineering,” said David J. Taylor, Vice-President of Energy Businesses at Air Products.

“This project is another milestone demonstrating our industrial gas facility capabilities, as the ASU will be the largest-ever cold box system designed, fabricated, and shipped by Air Products.”

Taylor also noted the arrangement both strengthens Air Products’ existing relationship with NIGC and SABIC, and regionally as the Al Jubail Phase 8 ASU is the most recent in a series of Middle East projects for Air Products.