Two new air separation units are to be built in Dzerzhinsk, Russia after The Linde Group agreed to manage the onsite gas supply of Russian petrochemical company SIBUR.

Linde will invest around €70 million ($91 million approx.) in the project, with the onsite plants set to come on-stream at the end of 2015.

SIBUR is the largest petrochemical company in Russia, CIS and Eastern Europe, and Linde will now be managing the company’s gas supply infrastructure.

“We are delighted to build further on our long-standing, successful relationship with SIBUR through this new project,” said Professor Dr. Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG.

“This onsite deal bears further testimony to the success of our integrated business model. Our customers can rely on us for a one-stop service covering both the delivery of turnkey petrochemical plants and the enabling gas supplies.”

Initially Linde will assume responsibility for SIBUR’s four ASUs in Dzerzhinsk and modernize these plants in order to increase energy efficiency. The company’s Engineering Division will then build two new ASUs, which - on completion - will be operated by Linde’s Gases Division.

They will have a total production capacity of around 30,000 normal cubic metres of gaseous oxygen per hour (Nm3/h). The main aim of the new ASUs is to supply the oxygen, nitrogen and compressed air required for SIBUR’s local ethylene oxide and glycols plants.