Linde Eastern Oxygen Sdn Bhd (Linde EOX), a subsidiary of Linde Malaysia Sdn Bhd, has announced plans to build an air separation unit (ASU) in Tanjung Kidurong, Eastern Malaysia.

The Malaysian business unit of Tier One player, The Linde Group, will invest RM 33m ($8.5m) in the new facility, which will produce approximately 33 tonnes of liquefied gases each day.

The addition of this new investment means Linde EOX will become the largest liquefied ASU gases producer in the South Pacific rim country, producing a total production capacity of 66 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid nitrogen (N2) and liquid oxygen (O2).

We are committed to strengthening our supply capabilities and service offerings…We will continue to invest strategically to expand our footprint in East Malaysia

The company already owns an existing ASU in Kuching, which also produces 33 tpd of liquefied gases, and additionally, it operates a separate cylinder refilling plant in Bintulu, which it commissioned in 2014.

Linde will design, build and manage the new ASU, which is set to come on-stream in 2017. It is understood that the new facility will provide liquefied gases and related solutions to serve East Malaysia’s growing engineering, healthcare, chemical and oil and gas industries, among others.

Major investment

Ashley Mills, Managing Director of Linde Malaysia, underlined, “In line with the industrial growth, this ASU is Linde’s third major investment in East Malaysia, following the consolidation move with EOX, taking our total investment to approximately RM 50m ($13m) to date.”

“As the leading industrial and medical gases company in Malaysia, we are committed to strengthening our supply capabilities and service offerings…We will continue to invest strategically to expand our footprint in East Malaysia.”

This new plant is the latest in a series of investments by Linde EOX, following Linde Malaysia’s acquisition of Eastern Oxygen Industries Sdn Bhd (EOX) in 2011.