Praxair and Air Liquide\\$quot;s joint venture has reached an agreement with Bayer MaterialScience in to supply industrial gases to facilities at the Bayer Integrated Site in Shanghai.

Under the 15-year industrial gases pipeline supply contract, Shanghai Chemical Industry Park Industrial Gases Company (SCIPIG) will supply oxygen and nitrogen from its air separation facility, which has a total capacity of 8,250 cubic meters per hour (about 277 tons per day).

Deliveries under the contract are expected to start in 2008.

Prior to the contract, SCIPIG, founded in December 2001, had already been awarded major contracts by SECCO, Sinopec Shanghai Gaoqiao, BASF Chemicals, Huntsman Polyurethane Shanghai, Shanghai Chlor-Alkali Chemical, Shanghai Lianheng Isocyanate and Shanghai BASF Polyurethane.

The company said: "With a designed production capacity of over 100,000 cubic meters per hour (about 1800 tons per day), SCIPIG ranks as one of the largest industrial gas production bases in China and all of Asia."