Located in Kinh Mon near the Vietnamese city of Hai Phong, Messer has officially brought its third air separation unit (ASU) on-stream for steel manufacturer Hoa Phat Steel.

With plans originally announced in October 2014 and following a 15-month construction period, Messer has revealed that the plant is now in stable operation and is producing oxygen (O2), nitrogen (N2) and argon (Ar).

The capacity following this commissioning will skyrocket by 240,000 m3 of O2 and 480,000 m3 of N2 per day – representing the largest industrial gases plant in North Vietnam.

Under this commissioning and together with the other two previously existing ASUs, the Hoa Phat Steel steelworks is now being supplied with 22,000 m3 of gaseous O2 and 30,000 m3 of gaseous N2 via pipeline every hour.

Johann Ringhofer, Executive Vice-President for Engineering and Production at the German corporation, noted, “This is the first time Messer has installed an ASU with a ‘cold box’ in Vietnam. It’s made up of five pre-installed modules which made it possible to reduce the short project duration further still whilst maintaining quality.”

The new ASU will also produce liquefied gases for the local merchant market. As a result, the owner and CEO of the largest privately-managed industrial gases company, Stefan Messer, signified, “We secure the leadership position in the North Vietnamese market on a continuous basis.”

A press release also stated that Messer “intends to continue strengthening its leadership position in the Vietnamese market,” as it revealed that it has plans to supply other plants with gases in the industrial corridor from Hanoi to Hai Phong.

Messer in Vietnam

Having been present in the Vietnamese industrial gases market since 1997, Messer has grown to be one of the largest industrial gases suppliers in the South Pacific rim country, with three filling plants for cylinder gases, three ASUs and the first plant in the country for the production of food-grade carbon dioxide (CO2).

Messer and Hoa Phat Steel signed their first 25-year supply agreement back in 2011.