Linde North America will hold an open house on May 14 to celebrate the start-up of its air separation plant in Lewisville, Arkansas.

The Lewisville plant separates air cryogenically to produce 470 tonnes per day (tpd) of liquid oxygen and nitrogen. Invited guests include customers, state and local officials, civic leaders and first responders.

The agenda for the open house will include a tour of the plant as well as a description of the air separation process which produces the oxygen and nitrogen. There will also be a demonstration of the safe handling of industrial gases.

Cliff Caldwell, Linde’s senior vice president of Sales and Marketing for Region Americas said, “This plant gives us the size and operating efficiencies we need to support our top customers, who are experiencing exceptional growth in their businesses and who are poised for even more growth in the future. We’re excited to welcome our customers and other guests to the plant to give them a first-hand look at how the gases are made and delivered.”

The liquid nitrogen produced at the plant is shipped by tanker truck to food processors (the largest industrial employer in Arkansas) for freezing and chilling of a variety of meats, poultry, and a host of other products. Both the nitrogen and oxygen are serving the growing requirements of manufacturers of refined oil, petrochemicals, fine and specialty chemicals, pharmaceuticals, and pulp and paper products located in Arkansas, Louisiana, Texas and Oklahoma.

“The new Linde plant is strategically located in Lewisville to bring oxygen and nitrogen closer to our customers so we can improve their supply security and at same time reduce our own carbon footprint by reducing the amount of fuel required for its delivery trucks,” Caldwell said. In addition, the latest design technology from Linde Engineering allows the plant to use the least amount of electricity possible to produce the gases. “Developing environmental solutions that reduce greenhouse gas emissions is part of Linde’s commitment to sustainability,” Caldwell concluded.