The Canadian subsidiary of Praxair, Praxair Canada Inc., has finished the start-up of a cryogenic air separation unit located in Ontario. The latest infrastructural addition to Praxair Canada will supply 900 tons per day of gaseous oxygen to Essar Steel Algoma Inc.’s steel mill in Sault Sante Marie.

Commenting on the new facility, Rob Hossack, Praxair Canada’s Managing Director remarked, “Our new facility provides Essar with the product they need to expand, along with a high degree of production flexibility and reliability. Essar and Praxair have had a long-term relationship in Sault Sante Marie, and this project positions us to continue to grow together in the future.”

The new plant is fully integrated with Praxair’s existing air separation facilities at Essar in Sault Sante Marie, increasing the total installed capacity at the site to 2,700 tons per day. Additionally, the expansion adds merchant liquid capacity to support growing local atmospheric gases and US argon markets.

Essar Steel Algoma’s Chief Commercial Officer, Kalyan Ghosh, highlighted the importance of this move, “Praxair and Essar Steel Algoma have had a strong relationship for over 50 years. This capacity enhancement by Praxair is key to Essar Algoma’s growth plans in the coming yers.”

A member of the Essar Group, Essar Steel Algoma Inc. is a fully integrated steel producer, generating its revenues primarily from the manufacture and sale of hot and cold rolled steel products including sheet and plate.