Yesterday the French industrial gas magnate, Air Liquide, publicised a significant contract signing with Posco E&C. To facilitate the agreement Air Liquide will design and build two ASUs, each with an oxygen production capacity of 3,750 per day.

The oxygen will be used to transform cast iron into steel. The project constitutes Air Liquide’s largest facility for a steelmaker.

François Darchis, Senior Vice-President in charge of Engineering and Construction, Research and Technology and a Member or Air Liquide’s Executive Committee, commented, “We are proud to have been able to contribute to Posco’s development for more than 25 years. Air Liquide’s strong historical relationship with Posco and mutual trust are major factors supporting our fruitful collaboration today.”

Darchis added, “A true understanding of our customers’ needs and constraints lies at the heart of Air Liquide’s strategy of offering customer-focused cutting-edge technology solutions.”

The two units will be installed at Posco’s Gwangyang and Pohang sites in South Korea. According to Air Liquide, the oxygen produced will enable the Gwangyang site to support Posco’s increase in global steel production.

Posco was founded in 1968 and was privatised in 2000. The latest agreement augments an already established partnership between Posco and Air Liquide. Indeed, over the last 25 years Air Liquide has supplied 17 ASUs to the two South Korean sites.