The Messer Group has put a new production plant into operation at El Morell in Tarragona, Spain, having invested around €42m euros in its Spanish subsidiary’s new plant.

Messer is massively expanding its capacities in Europe and Asia, with the air separation plant one of the largest in Spain and also just one of a number of new developments underway.

The new plant is connected to its own 90km long pipeline network that supplies the leading chemical and petrochemical companies at the Tarragona industrial complex.

Explaining the company’s encouraging expansion plans in Europe and Asia, owner and CEO Stefan Messer said, “Over the period to 2010, we are investing a total of around €700m in gas production, mostly in the context of long-term customer contracts.”

Increased supply
The new plant in El Morell has a daily production capacity of 550 tonnes of oxygen, 900 tonnes of nitrogen and 26 tonnes of argon.

In addition to the industrial gases supplied through pipeline, Messer also liquefies oxygen and nitrogen and supplies these to its customers by tanker. Messer Ibérica operates a gas cylinder filling plant in Vilaseca, the only one in Spain that uses 300-bar technology.

In a few months, another filling plant is due to go into operation in the province of Alicante.

The gases produced by Messer are used in almost 300 different applications, including in the medical sector – where in Spain the company has received a licence from the Spanish health authority to produce medical gases at the new plant.

This will enable the company to increase supplies of these products and widen its customer base, which includes hospitals, old people’s homes, care homes and ambulances, primarily in Catalonia.