AMCS Corporation marked the official opening of the new air separation plant (ASU) in Poland supplied to ANWIL SA this month, a leading chemical company and member of the ORLEN group of companies.

The official ceremony was held nearly a year after the plant first went on-stream, ahead of schedule, in November 2010.

ANWIL signed a contract with AMCS in late 2008 for the turnkey supply of a 210 ton per day ULTRA-A-200TM ASU for its facility in Wloclawek, Poland.

This model is one of the ULTRA Series® of customised and highly efficient multi-product plants. The ASU uses AMCS’ latest process cycle design resulting in low life-cycle costs for the user.

The plant produces gaseous oxygen and nitrogen, along with liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid argon.

“The construction phase coincided with one of the coldest winters in recent history together with a 100-year flood of the Vistula River, which took place during the river transport of our heavy equipment”

Ishmael Chalabi, AMCS President

The plant has exceeded all specified requirements, AMCS explained. Optimised for pipeline applications, the new ASU boasts a high availability design, energy integration with the chemical plant, northern climate protection, and the ability to monitor plant operations remotely.

AMCS’ President, Ishmael Chalabi, attended the opening celebration held at ANWIL’s headquarters in Wloclawek, Poland. ANWIL SA President, Remigiusz Paszkiewicz, members of the ANWIL board and engineering team, Polish dignitaries and senior staff members from the US Embassy in Poland were also in attendance.

“Working in Poland has been a rewarding experience, we were impressed with the quality of the work performed by our Polish engineers and Polish construction team. It was a pleasure to work with an informed customer like Anwil and their competent management and engineering staff,” said Chalabi.

“Executing an international turn-key engineering and construction project during one of the worst financial downturns in years was challenging, given the economic uncertainty and the unprecedented volatility in currency and commodity prices. The construction phase coincided with one of the coldest winters in recent history together with a 100-year flood of the Vistula River, which took place during the river transport of our heavy equipment.”

Chalabi concluded, “Our combined AMCS and ANWIL team prevailed and the plant stands today as a monument to the team. We enjoyed our experience with ANWIL, and look forward to working with them again.”