The Messer Group and Hangzhou HangYang, a Chinese specialist for the construction of large-scale industrial gas production facilities, have successfully commissioned their first jointly-constructed air separation unit in Smederevo, Serbia.

This facility primarily supplies steel producer, US Steel Serbia, with oxygen and nitrogen. Representing the next generation of air separation units, this facility is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and is extremely efficient in terms of operating costs. This ASU was built in a record time of only eleven months.

In almost all production processes, industrial gases are as essential as water and electricity. Air separation units draw in ambient air and break it down into its constituents, oxygen, nitrogen and argon. These next generation air separations require very low amount of energy. As a result CO2 emissions discharged into the environment are significantly reduced.

HangYang and Messer are marketing this technology together through their joint venture, Cryogenic Engineering based in Frankfurt am Main. The company is responsible for the sales of facilities as well as turn-key project management. The key focal points of its activities are the booming markets in Europe and the Middle East region.

Messer says that with the new facility, the company is greatly enhancing its position in the Balkans and fortifying its market leadership in Serbia.