MAN Diesel & Turbo’s turbomachinery unit is being shipped to South Africa following successful acceptance tests, to form the heart of Air Liquide’s air separation unit (ASU) in Secunda.

Once the facility is completed, which is currently scheduled for December 2017, Air Liquide’s site in Secunda will be the largest ASU in the world, producing 5,000 tonnes per day (tpd) of oxygen (O2).

Germany-based MAN will supply its AIRMAX technology to the project, which will be the biggest axial flow compressor to be used in an industrial application. Consisting of an AR140 main air compressor and an RG 71-4 booster compressor, it can attain an effective volume flowrate of over one million m3 of air per hour.

We are thus consolidating the market leadership achieved with our AIRTRAIN and AIRMAX solutions

The AR-MAX1 is scheduled to be shipped to Secunda in the coming weeks.

Mathias Scherer, Senior Vice-President of MAN Diesel & Turbo SE and Head of Sales for Turbomachinery, stated, “We are more than delighted to deliver what is not only supposed to be the largest industrial compressor, the AR-MAX1 140, but it is also part of another world record.”

“Driven by a 64MW electric motor, this main air compressor will be employed at the South African site in Secunda, where our esteemed customer Air Liquide is going to commission the most efficient air separation plant in the world.”

Dr. Uwe Lauber, CEO of MAN Diesel & Turbo, commented on the current project in South Africa and affirmed, “We are thus consolidating the market leadership achieved with our AIRTRAIN and AIRMAX solutions for air separation units by making another significant advance.”

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