Air Liquide Canada will construct of a new oxygen pipeline in Hamilton, Ontario, with the support of Horizon Utilities and the Ontario Power Authority’s saveONenergy Program.

The pipeline will be built between Air Liquide’s air separation complex and the ArcelorMittal Dofasco plant in Hamilton, Canada’s largest flat rolled steelmaking facility.

The new pipeline represents a total investment in excess of $12m, jointly funded by Air Liquide and the Ontario Power Authority’s saveONenergy Program. The new pipeline will reduce electrical energy consumption at Air Liquide’s Hamilton operations by almost 29,000mWh/year or two million dollars annually. It will allow Air Liquide to more efficiently supply ArcelorMittal-Dofasco with oxygen, which is essential in the production of iron and steel. Access to lower cost oxygen will provide an opportunity for increased productivity of ArcelorMittal Dofasco’s blast furnaces.

A large part of purchased goods and services required to build the pipeline will be sourced from local Hamilton area companies. Construction will begin as soon as final approvals are received from the City of Hamilton and commissioning of the pipeline should begin in March 2015.

Adam Peters, President and CEO of Air Liquide Canada, commented, “The support of the Ontario Power Authority’s saveONenergy Program allows Air Liquide to build a new oxygen pipeline to more efficiently supply ArcelorMittal Dofasco. In doing so, we are expanding a longstanding business relationship with Canada’s largest flat rolled steel producer. The project attests in the ability of Air Liquide to reliably and cost-effectively supply industrial gases that meet high safety and quality standards. It reaffirms our strong determination to keep investing and growing in Canada.”