JSW Steel has selected Praxair India to meet its industrial gas requirements for the expansion of its steel plant in Vijaynagar from 6.8 million tonnes to 10 million tonnes per year by 2010. The expansion is consistent with JSW's vision to grow its total steel-making capacity to 30 million tonnes per year.

As a part of this agreement, Praxair will build a state-of-the art, 1,800-tonnes-per-day air-separation plant. The plant will be equipped with advanced process controls and energy-efficient process cycles. Praxair will also install significant storage capacity for liquid oxygen, liquid nitrogen and liquid argon, primarily to meet JSW's back-up requirements and in order to supply merchant liquids to the fast growing region of southern India.

John Panikar, managing director, Praxair India Pvt Ltd said, $quot;We are proud to have been selected by JSW for their new requirements and are committed to globally growing with and providing value to JSW.$quot;