Matheson announced in November plans to build a new large capacity air separation unit to meet growing demand for merchant liquid oxygen and nitrogen in North Dakota. Air Liquide has also invested in the same region.

Matheson increases capacity

Matheson announced in November plans to build a new large capacity air separation unit to meet growing demand for merchant liquid oxygen and nitrogen in North Dakota. The plant is expected to be on stream, producing high-purity merchant product, during the third quarter of 2012.

“This new Air Separation Unit will help support the strong economic growth in North Dakota and surrounding areas and allow Matheson to better support our current merchant liquid customers,” stated Butch Miller, senior VP Bulk Division.

“This is a great opportunity to expand our presence in the region and support the industrial growth with reliable and local supply. We are looking forward to providing our customers with the outstanding service and support they have come to expect from Matheson,” stated Mark C. Bell, vice president of North Central Zone.

…Air Liquide also to build North Dakota ASU

Air Liquide Industrial US L.P. has also announced plans to build a new air separation unit to supply nitrogen to industrial customers, particularly those involved in the oil and gas sector in northwest North Dakota.

Air Liquide currently supplies nitrogen and carbon dioxide to North American oil and gas producers. The gases support drilling operations and increase oil and natural gas recovery.

“We are positioning ourselves to better serve existing customers and to capture new business opportunities in North Dakota, especially in the Bakken oil reserves,” said Mark Lostak, President, Air Liquide Industrial U.S. LP. “The potential throughout this region is significant, and we are prepared to meet the growing demand for nitrogen to develop these important domestic energy resources.”

The ASU is pitted to be operational by the end of 2012 and will be strategically located in the Bakken reserves.