Linde Gases, a division of The Linde Group, has announced its agreement with both Università degli Studi Salerno, Southern Italy, and Sardegna Ricerche, Sardinia, for the installation of its central gas supply systems at their newly built science laboratories.

Università degli Studi Salerno and Sardegna Ricerche are two of Italy’s most prestigious higher education and research facilities, and the installations, scheduled for completion by end of 2009 and 2010 respectively, will help enable both organisations to become centres of excellence for analytical chemistry, physics, biochemistry, medicine and natural science.

The central gas systems, with a combined value of over €1,300,000, are part of REDLINE® - one of Linde’s specialty gases equipment product ranges.

The systems will transport specialty gases including grades of helium, nitrogen, argon and hydrogen for chromatography and other instrumentation.

The installations will consist of almost 20 combined kilometres of gas piping made from stainless steel, the preferred choice of material when demands made on purity are high. The systems are expected to be key reference sites for similar projects in Italy and southern Europe.

“This is an important contract for Linde, not only in Italy, but also across the southern European region,” said Head of Specialty Gases and Specialty Equipment at Linde, Stephen Harrison.

“Both University of Salerno and Sardinia Research have invested heavily in their new laboratory facilities and it is testament to both our technology leadership in the area of managing high purity gases and to our design and engineering capabilities, that not one, but two such institutions awarded us these projects.”

Luca Contini, Project Manager at Sardegna Ricerche, commented, “In addition to their technology capabilities, we saw Linde as a reliable and flexible partner, and one who was willing to be open-minded in terms of ideas generation and prepared to work hand in hand with us to develop exactly the right solution.”