By Victor Leung2017-06-29T15:12:00+01:00
Hangzhou Hangyang has recently announced an order for a 72,000 Nm3/h air separation plant (ASU) for Jiangsu Haili Chemicals Co. Ltd., a further sign of a trend for large-scale ASUs in tandem with the country’s chemical, coal and refining industries.
Under this contract, the value of which was not disclosed, Hangyang will be responsible for the supply of equipment, engineering design, and installation.
The ASU will become a critical part of a 200,000 tonnes per year (tpy) caprolactam project that Jiangsu Haili Chemicals Co. Ltd has underway.
ZHOU Zhiyong, Chief Engineer of Hangyang, stated that very large-scale ASUs are an inevitable trend alongside the recent fast development of the domestic chemical, coal chemistry, and refinery industries in China. Hangyang has actively surfed this wave of growth; investing in the research of large-scale ASUs, achievinng innovations in many technical areas, and leading the development of domestic ASUs in China.
A company statement explained that it has already manufactured 48 sets of ASUs of capacity 60,000 Nm3/h and above, of which 17 sets boasts capacities from 70,000 Nm3/h to 120,000 Nm3/h. As many as 25 sets of these plants have been commissioned and are understood to be running steadily.
Although the commercial operation of the industrial gases industry in China actually took off in the mid-1990s, already decades behind the Western developed markets, the growth of the Chinese industrial gases market has been very impressive since and this market is now ranked the second-largest in the world by value.
Messer has signed an agreement with Changsha Hi Tech Zone in Southern China’s Hunan province to set up a new 520 tonne-per-day liquid air separation unit, just beside its existing filling station which will be operational in the third quarter of the year.
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