White Martins, the Brazil-based subsidiary of Praxair, Inc., has started up a new 800 tons per day (tpd) air separation plant in the state of Minas Gerais, southeastern Brazil.

The new plant will supply industrial gases to ArcelorMittal, the world’s leading integrated steel and mining company.

It will also supply local merchant liquid customers in the Brazilian southeast in segments such as mining, primary metals, automotive, manufacturing and healthcare.

Praxair is already ArcelorMittal’s main industrial gases supplier in Brazil, delivering gases to five of its facilities located in Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais and Sao Paulo states.

Under a long-term contract, the new energy-efficient air separation plant will enable ArcelorMittal to serve customers across all major steel-consuming industries, including automotive, mining, construction, and household appliances and packaging.

“Praxair and ArcelorMittal have had a long-term relationship in Minas Gerais and around the world and this project positions us well to continue to grow together in the future,” said Domingos Bulus, President of White Martins.

Minas Gerais is understood to be Brazil’s third largest state economy and contributes over 9% of Brazil’s GDP, with the industrial sector being a major contributor.