Praxair India Private Limited, India’s largest industrial gases supplier, has won a major contract for the supply of gases to the Bhilai facility of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL), India’s flagship steel manufacturer and a leading global player.

Praxair India will build, own and operate two state-of-the-art cryogenic air separation units, each with a capacity of 1,250 metric tons per day (tpd).

Scheduled to start up in 2012, the plants will be built in line with Praxair’s global standards, adhering to high levels of safety and reliability.

The ASU will include liquefaction equipment, allowing it to meet the growing demand for oxygen, nitrogen and argon in the central India market.

SAIL, Bhilai will use the gases in its expansion of production capacity from 5m to 7m tons per year of crude steel.

The capacity enhancement at Bhilai is in line with SAIL’s expansion plans in meeting India’s fast growing demand for steel in infrastructure, automobile, capital goods and various other segments.

At the groundbreaking ceremony, Mr. Ramaraju, Managing Director, SAIL, Bhilai said, “Being a global leader in industrial gases, Praxair has high safety standards and operational efficiency and we are confident that they will meet our requirements and support us in our expansion plans.”

“Praxair’s relationship with SAIL started in 2006, with the award for setting up an air separation unit at SAIL’s Durgapur facility, and ever since then we have had a mutually satisfying partnership,” said Mr. Gajanan Nabar, Managing Director, Praxair India.

“The air separation unit at SAIL, Bhilai is of strategic importance for our expansion plans as it shall provide access to the industrial markets in Madhya Pradesh, Chattisgarh and Maharashtra.”