A Swiss affiliation of the Linde Group, PanGas has constructed a new air separation unit (ASU) at Muttenz in Basel. The latest construction cost a total 68m Swiss francs and was officially opened on 20th May 2011.

Bernd Eulitz, CEO of PanGas AG, who attended the inaugural ceremony commented, “The new air separator enables us to increase supply reliability, particularly for chemical and pharmaceutical enterprises in the border triangle of Switzerland, Germany and France. Above all, with this investment PanGas is emphasising the tie between this location and its customers in the region.”

The new ASU produces high-purity oxygen, nitrogen and argon for customers in Switzerland, as well as in the near-by markets of Southern Germany and Northern France. Not only did construction call upon specialists at the German chemical site, Leuna, but it also prioritized application from local business when constructing the buildings and infrastructure.

According to Linde, the ASU was built specifically with the ROC operation in mind. Indeed, management and supervision of the technology involved, is carried out by specialists at the Remote Operation Centre (ROC) at Leuna in Germany, who work in close collaboration with on-site colleagues in Muttenz.

This set up enables more efficient production in Muttenz: daily output for the production of gases is approximately 360 tonnes of nitrogen, 140 tonnes of oxygen and seven tonnes of argon. What's more, 50 tonnes of gaseous nitrogen are produced every day.

PanGas celebrated the official opening of the plant with customers, business partners and guests from the region on 20 May 2011. Peter Zwick, member of the cantonal government for Basellandschaft and Renaud Spitz, CEO of Clariant (Switzerland) AG emphasised the significance of the new air separation plant for the industry in the border triangle of Switzerland, Germany and France. Linde Group management was represented by Professor Dr. Wolfgang Reitzle, CEO of Linde AG, Dr. Aldo Belloni, Member of the Executive Board of Linde AG, and Bernd Eulitz, CEO of PanGas AG.