Taiyo Nippon Sanso (TNS) and Tomoe Shokai held a completion ceremony at the Vietnam Japan Gas (VJG) site following their recent completion of construction of an air separation plant for their joint venture VJG.

The ceremony was attended by over 200 guests varying from high-ranking representatives from Vietnam government, TNS’s Vietnamese business partners and Japanese Consul-General in Ho Chi Minh City.

The event, which ended to a guided tour around the new facilities, also saw special speeches from Hirosuke Matsueda, executive vice president of Taiyo Nippon Sanso, and Sadao Fukao president of Tomoe.

The air separation plant

Along with a number of other countries in East and Southeast Asia, Vietnam has been enjoying a rapid growth in its GDP over the past few years, and continued steady growth is anticipated into the future. Furthermore, VJG is located in Ho Chi Minh City in the southern part of the country, a region that has seen a steady stream of foreign enterprises setting up manufacturing plants.

This is one of the factors that bode well for the continued growth in demand for industrial gases. Against this background, the TNSC Group is embarking on a program of further expansion in its business operations in Vietnam, and the construction of the new air separation plant at VJG is part of a set of measures to ensure sufficient production capacity of industrial gases to meet the projected increase in demand for these products in the near future.

Outline of plant

The recently completed MMG6000-type air separation plant is intended to supply customers throughout southern Vietnam with oxygen and nitrogen in liquefied form, delivered by tank trucks. The production capacity of liquefied oxygen and nitrogen is 2,500Nm3/h, LO2 tank: 100t x one tank and LN2 tank: 150t x two tanks.