Linde LLC will invest over $100m to increase the merchant liquid and gaseous product production capabilities of its industrial gases plant in Delaware, US.

Once the expansion project is complete, the facility will become the Tier One player’s largest liquid merchant plant in the country.

Linde Engineering will install a new air separation unit (ASU) at the Claymont site which will produce 1,200 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar), as well as 400 tpd of gaseous products.

The plant is due to be commissioned in 2019 and will serve customers across the Delaware Valley via pipeline.

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Pat Murphy, President of Linde Americas, affirmed, “This new plant represents Linde’s continued commitment to invest in the Americas to meet demand for our essential products and services.”

“Our new ASU will fill regional demand for our essential products while substantially reducing our energy usage and our overall carbon footprint. It will be a win-win for our customers and for the environment.” 

The gases business in the Mid-Atlantic region of the US achieved revenues of approximately $2.1bn in 2015, with the merchant market accounting for the vast majority of this total. Linde currently holds a territorial market share of around 17%, operating a strong network of both onsite and merchant plants throughout.