AMCS Corporation (AMCS) and Cristal USA Inc. (Cristal USA) have entered into a lump-sum turnkey contract whereby AMCS will supply a customised air separation unit (ASU) for Cristal USA’s operations in Ashtabula, Ohio.
The ULTRA AL-650TM ASU will supply 650 tons per day (tpd) gaseous oxygen (GOX) and 1,000 tpd gaseous nitrogen (GAN) products to Cristal USA’s TiO2 facilities, via pipelines.
In addition to pipeline products, the state-of-the-art ULTRA AL-650TM produces high-purity liquid argon (LAR), liquid oxygen (LOX), and liquid nitrogen (LIN) for internal use and for export to the surrounding liquid merchant market.
The parties have also signed long-term agreements for merchant liquid sales and for Operating and Maintenance services (O&M) for the Ashtabula ASU.
Ishmael Chalabi, CEO of AMCS Corporation, enthused, “We are honoured that Cristal has chosen AMCS as its strategic industrial gases partner. This is the second contract for ASUs and seventh contract in total which Cristal and AMCS have signed together for the supply of plants or performance of services.”
“This is the second contract for ASUs and seventh contract in total which Cristal and AMCS have signed together…”
“Using experience gained from working together on the ULTRA-OTM plant for Cristal Australia, The ULTRA-ALTM plant has been closely integrated with the TiO2 facilities’ requirements to optimise the economic benefits of the plant for Cristal and features world-class performance in terms of specific power and operability. Our AOS team will have real-time access to AMCS’ Remote Operating Support center in NJ as well as our first line engineering team through AMCS’ ULTRA-SentryTM remote plant support system.”
According to Emad Aljunaidi, Vice-President –Supply Chain for Cristal, “Operational efficiency is critical to our facilities, and AMCS is able to provide us with an air separation unit that will help us be the most cost competitive and achieve superior performance and flexibility.”
“AMCS has proven to be a strategic partner for Cristal and we’re pleased to be working with them on yet another project.”
The National Titanium Dioxide Company (Cristal) is 66% owned by National Industrialisation Company (Tasnee) of Saudi Arabia. The remaining 33% is owned by the Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC), which is part of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), and 1% is owned by a private investor.
Cristal’s headquarters are located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. It operates seven manufacturing plants, two mines and three R&D facilities in six countries on five continents and employs nearly 4,000 people worldwide. The company is the world’s second largest manufacturer of titanium dioxide (TiO2).