Linde India Ltd (formerly BOC India Ltd) has begun commercial production at the second of its two air separation units (ASU) at Tata Steel’s plant in the state of Odisha, India.

The plant has started gas supply to the company’s plant at Kalinganagar, Odisha.

Under this contract, the company had undertaken construction of two air separation units with a total capacity of 2,400 tonnes per day (tpd) at Tata Steel’s premises in Kalinganagar for supplying gases to Tata Steel, as well as additional liquid product for the merchant markets.

The units will supply gaseous oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the steelworks currently under construction.

The company commissioned the first ASU at the site on 10th March (2016).

Linde will also produce liquid gases for the regional market and lay an extensive network of pipelines at the Kalinganagar industrial complex in order to supply other steel producers with industrial gases in the future.

The news comes as something of a positive development for the gases industry where the global steel business is concerned, following a challenging trend of steel plant closures and cutbacks in recent weeks and months.