Air Products and Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn S.A., part of Grupa Azoty, the second-largest producer of mineral fertilizers in the European Union, have signed a long-term contract for the delivery of oxygen and nitrogen.

Under the contract, Air Products will provide oxygen and nitrogen gas to the Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn plant.

The agreement will remain valid until the end of 2035 and extends cooperation between the companies, which dates back to 1997.

With the contract providing liquid oxygen and nitrogen to other customers in Poland as well, it also secures Air Products’ position as a key supplier to major industries in Poland.

Piotr Wieczorek, Vice-President at Air Products Central Europe, “We value long-term relationships with our clients based on mutual trust. Our long and successful cooperation with Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn S.A. has resulted in the signing of a new contract extending our commitment to supply gases critical to our customer’s operations.”

“The plant in Kedzięrzyn–Koźle is the largest Air Products production unit in Central Europe. Poland is a key market for us and we plan for continued growth and development here”

“The plant in Kedzięrzyn–Koźle is the largest Air Products production unit in Central Europe. Poland is a key market for us and we plan for continued growth and development here.”

Stable supply

The project will be implemented on the basis of an upgrade of Air Products’ production facility which, with a capacity of approximately 2,000 tons per day, is one of the largest of its kind in Poland.

Industrial gases supplied by Air Products are used by Grupa Azoty Zakłady Azotowe Kędzierzyn S.A. for the production of ammonia, OXO alcohols and in auxiliary processes. Nitrogen is also used to ensure the safety of production facilities on-site.

Mariusz Bober, CEO of Grupa Azoty, who took part in the signing of the contract, said of its significance, “An agreement with such a large and reliable partner as Air Products guarantees a stable supply of industrial gases for the needs of our business in Kędzierzyn.”

gasworld Business Intellgence valued the commercial industrial gases market in Poland at more than $480m in 2015, with Air Products occupying the third-largest share of the market at 23%, just behind Linde (26%) and Air Liquide (25%).