A new oxygen supply contract and contract extensions demnonstrate strength between the French industrial magnate, Air Liquide and North American metallurgy specialist, Nucor Steel.

The French industrial gas tier one player, Air Liquide, is to expand its relationship with the North American metallurgy specialist, Nucor Steel. Air Liquide has won a supply deal with Nucor’s Direct Reduced Iron (DRI) plant in Convent Louisiana and has extended its existing contracts to serve Nucor’s plants in both Berkley County, South Carolina and Blytheville, Arkansas.

Air Liquide will supply approximately 794 tons (720 metric tonnes) per day of oxygen to Nucor’s new Convent plant with capacity from its new Air Separation Unit (ASU) in Geismar, Louisiana, which serves the local industrial basin via Air Liquide’s extensive Mississippi River Pipeline System.

In addition, the Berkeley and Blytheville agreements augment Air Liquide’s existing long-term oxygen, nitrogen and argon supply agreements to both locations.

Michael Graff, President and Chief Executive Officer of American Air Liquide Holdings, Inc. commented, “The longstanding relationship between Air Liquide and Nucor exemplifies the importance that we place on serving customers safely and reliably, using innovation and advanced technology to help them improve productivity and meet their growing business and environmental objectives. We are proud to be a part of Nucor’s continued growth and success.”

Air Liquide has provided Nucor’s industrial gas requirements since the 1990’s. Today, seven Nucor plants in the U.S. and one in Trinidad are supplied by Air Liquide.