The Linde Group has signed a contract with Turkish steel producer, Erdemir Group, to build a new air separation unit (ASU) in Iskenderun, southern Turkey.

It will supply up to 1,700 tonnes (t) of oxygen (O2) and nitrogen (N2) per day to a steel mill run by Isdemir, a subsidiary of Erdemir. The plant is set to start up in 2017 and will be the largest ASU operated by an industrial gas company in the Middle Eastern country.

It is the first international joint venture undertaken by the Erdemir Group in its 50-year history. The new ASU will be constructed and designed by Linde’s Engineering Division and will also be responsible for the operation and maintenance of Isdemir’s existing industrial gases production facilities.

Dr Wolfgang Büchele, CEO of the Tier One company, highlighted, “By making this investment, we demonstrate our commitment in the growing Turkish market and our ability to add value thanks to our clear customer focus.”