Linde have announced that they are to build another Alpha Olefin Plant in South Africa.

Linde has been awarded a contract by Sasol Olefins and Surfactants for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of another Alpha Olefin plant in Secunda, South Africa.

The plant is based on a new technology, converting 1-Heptene to the valuable 1-Octene product. This liquid hydrocarbon is used as chemical intermediate in the production of polymers, like polyethylene, fatty acids, detergent alcohol, plasticizer alcohols and lubrication oil additives.

The new plant with a product capacity of 100,000 tons per year is the sixth Alpha Olefin plant that Linde will be erecting within Sasol's Secunda Complex, which is situated approximately 130 km east of Johannesburg. The plant is scheduled to be mechanically completed by mid April 2007.

Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the Executive Board of Linde AG and responsible for the business segment Gas and Engineering, emphasises the special relationship between Linde and Sasol: 'This order is another confirmation of our more than fifty years of close co-operation with Sasol. The two companies have through the years perfected their integration between R & D, pilot plant, engineering and project execution teams. This latest project adds to the success story of our Alpha Olefins venture, which began fifteen years ago.'

Linde is an international technology group which occupies leading market positions in each of its two business segments Gas and Engineering and Material Handling. In the 2004 fiscal year, Linde achieved an annual turnover of around 9 billion euros, and currently has some 42,500 employees worldwide.