Linde EOX Sdn Bhd, a subsidiary of Linde Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has commenced construction on its new RM 33m ($7.4m) air separation unit (ASU) in Tanjung Kidurong, East Malaysia.

The industrial gas giant held an event to mark the start on the on-schedule construction today.

When combined with the company’s existing ASU in Kuching, the new site will double Linde’s production capacity to approximately 66 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquefied gases.

Linde will become the largest liquefied gases producer in East Malaysia once the plant is commissioned by the end of this year, with the additional capacity serving customers in the chemical, construction, engineering, healthcare, metal processing, and oil and gas industries in the region.

Linde Malaysia’s Managing Director Connell Zhang underlined, “Today marks another important milestone in Linde’s established heritage in East Malaysia and underscores our commitment to continue investing for long-term growth and development here.”

Linde’s new plant is the latest in a series of investments by the company following its acquisition of Eastern Oxygen Industries Sdn Bhd (EOX) by Linde Malaysia in 2011. Prior investments include a nitrogen (N2) generator in Kuching and a cylinder refilling plant in Bintulu in 2014.

Zhang added that Linde is encouraged by the progress of new infrastructure, roads and power supply in the area. “These factors, coupled with an increase in our customers’ production and expansion plans, affirm Linde’s confidence in the growth potential of East Malaysia,” he explained.