BOC India has installed its first merchant plant for the southern Indian market in Hyderabad.

According to the company the new Air Separation Unit (ASU) will further consolidate the company's position in the region.

Managing director ER Raj Narayanan, said; 'This is part of our focus towards expanding and enhancing service to the customers.

'This new plant will help us to connect with the southern heartland and further strengthen our position in this region and is part of several initiatives undertaken by BOC in driving its strategy in India. The emerging predominance of the south in India\\$quot;s industrial development driven by an overall growth in various key sectors has boosted BOC\\$quot;s confidence to invest in this region.'

The latest investment is the first for the company in a merchant ASU after a span of almost 15 years. This cryogenic plant will produce liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon. The basic and detailed design of the ASU for air pre purification unit, cooling water system, electrical, instrumentation, design of product storage system and engineering have been developed in-house by BOC India\\$quot;s project engineering team.

The plant, which is fully automated through Distributed Control System, is built over a minimum foot print area of 150 meter by 100 meter for the plant, storage and other utility systems.