A new deal has been signed by Linde Gas Singapore, member of The Linde Group, to invest in a new gases facility for Evonik Methionine SEA’s second methionine complex in Singapore.

Under the long-term supply contract, the industrial gas corporation will build and operate a steam methane reformer (SMR) to supply Evonik with hydrogen (H2) at its Jurong Island location.

The steam reformer will feature carbon dioxide (CO2) recovery technology to limit carbon emissions. Linde will also integrate its methane pressure swing adsorption (PSA) system into the site.

Linde Steam reformer

Source: The Linde Group

Steam reformers are used to reform light hydrocarbons, such as natural gas, using steam in a cracking furnace. This produces a gas mixture containing hydrogen, which is used for chemical syntheses and to obtain hydrogen.

The new production and supply facility will be fully integrated with Evonik’s second world-class methionine production complex, which is expected to start up in 2019.

This is the Tier One player’s second long-term gases supply contract with Evonik in the South East Asian country as it already supplies a range of gases to Evonik’s first methionine complex in Singapore through its onsite facility which commenced operations in 2014.

Sanjiv Lamba, Chief Operating Officer for Asia Pacific and Executive Board Member of Linde AG, said he was proud of the partnership the two companies have fostered over the years.

Growth opportunities

He added, “Asia is where the growth opportunities are and with our strong footprint across Asia, we are well positioned to capture this growth. We will continue to invest alongside world-class customers to ensure that we support them in their growth plans, while delivering on our strategy of sustainable, profitable growth in key market across Asia.”

Going forward, the company said it will continue to evaluate various feedstock sources as it expands its network of industrial gases supply to the energy and chemicals cluster on Jurong Island.

Linde has steadily expanded and diversified its operations in Singapore over the past year, most notably it has ramped up its supply of specialty gases to the country’s electronics and semiconductor industries. Linde Gas Singapore acts as the corporation’s regional supply chain hub for the storage and distribution of electronic specialty gases.

More recently, it has expanded into the healthcare business, supplying medical oxygen (O2) to more than a third of all hospitals in Singapore. The company also owns one of the largest liquid CO2 production plants in Singapore, also situated on Jurong Island.