Technology group Linde has secured its largest individual order ever for air separation plants, in Saudi Arabia.

The two production facilities for pure oxygen are being commissioned by National Industrial Gas Company (NIGC), the largest industrial gases company in the Middle East and a subsidiary of the partially state-owned SABIC (Saudi Basic Industrial Corp.).

Linde is to assume responsibility for the engineering, procurement of equipment and materials as well as construction and commissioning of the facilities, each of which will generate 3,000 tonnes of oxygen per day. The total order value exceeds 300 million euros; the plants are scheduled to start operation in April 2008.

Dr. Aldo Belloni, member of the executive board of Linde AG and responsible for the business segment of gas and engineering, emphasised the importance of business relations with SABIC.

He said: \\$quot;With over 20 manufacturing complexes, SABIC is a leading petrochemical company and ranks among the world's largest consumers of oxygen.

“The majority of the oxygen required at the Yanbu and Al Jubail sites will be generated by Linde installations, including the largest air separation unit in the Middle East, which is currently under construction.”