A new Air Separation Unit (ASU) and hydrogen production facility for Emirates Float Glass Company (EFG) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, has been brought on-stream by Ajwaa Gases Emirates Company LLC, a joint venture of Air Products and the Abdullah Hashim Group (AHG).

The new plant, built, operated and maintained by the joint venture, is the first ‘over the fence’ gas supply in the Industrial City of Abu Dhabi and one of the first in the Middle East.

Howard Castle-Smith, Vice President of Tonnage Gases, Equipment & Energy for Air Products Europe and the Middle East said, “We are very proud to have brought this new plant on stream to serve Emirates Float Glass, the biggest producer of float glass in the region.”

“This project is yet another example demonstrating our ability to deliver on time and to customer’s requirements. Our worldwide experience in designing, constructing and operating ASUs, coupled with AHG’s unrivalled regional operation and back-up product supply capabilities in the gulf region, make our joint venture the partner of choice for our clients.”

“Air Products already holds leading positions in the Middle East, in key markets such as liquefied natural gas (LNG), gas-to-liquids (GTL), petrochemical and refineries. EFG’s plant coming on stream demonstrates our continued commitment to the Middle East where we are together applying our core skills in many different industries and new sectors.”

Khalid Hashim, Managing Director of AHG commented, “Our joint venture enables us to offer the highest standards of nitrogen and hydrogen supply, plant safety and reliability as well as product purity and power efficiency.”

Air Products built the first ever ASU in the Middle East in the 1950s and has 40 years of operating experience in the region.

The company’s Middle East operation is headquartered in Doha, Qatar; it has been working with the petrochemical and refinery industries for several years, building, owning and operating ASUs and hydrogen production plants.