Air Liquide has announced a further capacity expansion in one of the fastest growing provinces in South Africa, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN).

The company already owns and operates two production plants in KZN and is now growing its capacity even further in the Richards Bay area with this investment.

The full plant expansion represents an investment of approximately R100m, to be commissioned in 2013, and will substantially increase production capacity of liquid nitrogen and oxygen. This will meet the growing demand from KZN’s industrial merchant and medical markets, while increasing security of supply to all of its existing customers.

“Air Liquide continues to support the growth of KZN as a province and continues to invest in South Africa as well as Sub-Saharan Africa, reinforcing us as the fastest growing industrial gas company in Sub-Saharan Africa,” said Laurent Langellier, CEO of Air Liquide (Pty) Ltd South Africa.

The plant is being designed and manufactured by Air Liquide Engineering & Construction teams, using the group’s latest technologies. This offers high levels of energy efficiency and reliability.

This latest investment in Richards Bay follows many others, including the largest argon plant in Africa (Mpumalanga) and a new air separation unit (ASU) at Evraz Highveld Steel and Vanadium in Witbank.