Praxair (China) Investment Co. Ltd. has signed a combustion equipment contract with Shandong Guangfu Group Co., Ltd. to implement its proprietary oxy-fuel technology.

As one of the leading steel and iron enterprises in Shandong province, North China, Shandong Guangfu represents a key new customer for Shanghai-based Praxair China.

The announcement follows the adoption of Praxair’s combustion technology at other sites in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Hubei provinces.

Under the contract, one set of Praxair’s gas injection system including three oxygen gas injectors and other related equipment will be installed at the 100-ton electric arc furnace (EAF) of the steel mill of Shandong Guangfu Group.

“It’s very encouraging to see our combustion technology adopted by a new customer in North China region, after its successful applications in Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong and Hubei provinces over the past decade, benefiting our steel customers in these regions,” said Dr. Minda Ho, President of Praxair China.

“We have full confidence in rapid and smooth replications of the technology in China in the years to come that will provide effective support to the productivity improvement, energy efficiency and environmental protection endeavors of Chinese steel companies.”

Compared with the conventional lance systems, Praxair’s technology enables the customers in steel and non-ferrous metal industries to experience improved operation safety and environmental protection, cost saving and increased productivity.