Praxair China recently announced that it has signed a major contract with Jiangsu SOPO (Group) Co., Ltd, for the supply of industrial gases to SOPO's acetic acid plant.

Praxair will design, build, operate, and own a large air separation unit (ASU) which is due to come on stream in 2009. The ASU will have a capacity of 3,000 tons of oxygen per day. It will be the largest single plant for sale of gas and also the largest single-train ASU to be built in the region.

The plant will be integrated with a state-of-the-art, low-cost coal-gasification process for SOPO's acetic acid plant.
In addition to the oxygen produced by the plant, Praxair will also supply liquid oxygen, nitrogen and argon to the rapidly growing market in East China.

David Chow, president, Praxair China said: $quot;This is our single largest investment in China to date and will become our flagship site.$quot;