Praxair India has announced the award of a major contract from Tata Steel to build and operate two on-site industrial gas plants at the site of their steel plant at Jamshedpur, in the state of Jharkhand.

This is the second major contract awarded by Tata Steel to Praxair for the supply of gases to this steel plant.

Praxair India will build, own and operate two state-of-the-art cryogenic air separation plants, each with a capacity of 700 metric tons per day [MTPD] to meet Tata Steel's gas requirements. In addition to meeting Tata Steel's oxygen, nitrogen and argon requirements, these plants may also meet the growing demand for liquid gases from customers in eastern and northern India. These plants will be commissioned by early 2008 well in time for the ongoing 1.8 million-ton expansion of this plant. In October 2005, Praxair commissioned an 875 MTPD plant at Jamshedpur to supply Tata Steel's needs.

"We have confidence that Praxair will once again meet the quality and reliability expectations of Tata Steel, in the supply of cryogenic gases required to meet the capacity expansions called for in our corporate plan," said, Dr.Tridibesh Mukherjee, deputy managing director, Steel, of Tata Steel.

"We are extremely pleased to have been chosen again by Tata for the long term supply of gases to their Jamshedpur complex," said Murray Covello, president, Praxair Asia. "This success, coupled with our wins at other locations in India, demonstrates our ability to execute world-scale projects here, and our commitment to growth in India."

"This contract with Tata Steel recognizes Praxair\\$quot;s overall capabilities and high level of service and safety standards," said Mr. John Panikar, managing director for Praxair India.