Linde Gas Singapore and Celanese Singapore (Celanese) have today announced a new agreement that strengthens the existing relationship between both companies.

Under the exclusive deal, effective on 1st January 2016, Linde Gas Singapore will continue to supply carbon monoxide to Celanese’s operations on Jurong Island for the production of acetic acid.

The agreement enables both parties’ sustainable future operations in Singapore.

Sanjiv Lamba, Chief Operating Officer for Linde’s Asia Pacific business enthused, “Celanese is one of our key global customers and we have been supplying Celanese’s carbon monoxide requirements in Singapore for more than 10 years.”

“The new agreement underscores our commitment to Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, and in particular, to our customers in Singapore. We are thrilled to be able to continue our longstanding relationship with Celanese in the coming years. I am proud of the dedication shown by our Singapore team in working closely with Celanese to ensure that we continue to meet their supply needs.”

Linde Gas Singapore operates one of the largest gasification plants in the Asia-Pacific region, producing gaseous hydrogen and carbon monoxide, as well as a high performance air separation unit (ASU).

Celanese began its Singapore acetic acid operations in 2000 and has been supplied by Linde since 2004, when Linde acquired the gasification facility and ASU from a multinational energy company. Patrick Quarles, President of Acetyl Chain and Integrated Supply Chain for Celanese, reflected, “Over the last several years, Celanese has focused on enhancing its acetyl chain operating model to ensure it can be competitive in this challenging market environment.”

“This new agreement with Linde advances our ability to improve the flexibility of our acetic acid business. We are excited about the opportunity to enhance our strategic relationship with Linde and look forward to our future in Singapore.”