Linde today said it has started up a new air separation unit (ASU) and the first of three nitrogen generators in Taiwan, as part of a 15-year contract to supply ultra-high purity industrial gases to a major electronics customer.

Built and operated by Linde’s joint venture Linde LienHwa (LLH), the project will support a multi-billion-dollar wafer fab expansion in Tainan Science Park.

The remaining two generators are expected to come on stream in 2021. Once completed, the ASU and the three generators will have a total combined gas capacity of over 173,000 Nm3/hr.

“LLH is proud to have reached this significant milestone with our customer, starting the project on time and with the highest safety standards,” said Alex Tong, President of LLH.

“This start-up further underscores our track record of delivering on our promises and we look forward to completing the project safely in support of our customer’s growth.”